Commute to SF from Vegas?
Randal O'Toole writes this:
Someone has calculated that it would be less expensive for San Francisco workers to rent a two-bedroom apartment in Las Vegas and commute by air than to rent a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco. They reasoned that a one-bedroom in San Francisco is about $3,100 a month while a two-bedroom in Las Vegas is about $1,000 a month, and four-day-a-week airfares would be about $1,100 a month. Even with local transport, Las Vegas is less expensive than San Francisco. While most responses focus on the quality of life in Las Vegas vs. San Francisco, the point is that the latter is so terribly overpriced that some software engineers are actually living out of their cars.
Some skeptics respond to O'Toole in the comments to his post.
Why not just move to Las Vegas? A comment to the post that inspired O'Toole:
As someone who has lived/worked in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and now Las Vegas, I can tell you, living in Las Vegas has raised our quality of life tremendously. I'm not sure what your friend is telling you, but we have NO traffic here, which means not spending an hour at an intersection trying to get on a bridge that you have to pay $14 to cross. Many of our "everyday" businesses (grocery stores, restaurants, Walmarts etc.) are open 24 hours, we have In-N-Out, and there is an unlimited amount of entertainment options that at anytime are about 15 minutes away. Additionally, we have a fairly large number of flights going to just about anywhere, out of an airport that is roughly 10-20 minute drive from most places in town (compared to SFO's outlying location). Gas is cheap(er) than L.A. and San Fran, and lunch/dinner at a local's casino buffet is often cheaper than a "Value Meal" at McDonald's. Las Vegas does have it's crime here and there, but honestly it doesn't seem any worse than in San Francisco, and certainly better than the East Bay. I've been here for a number of years, and I have yet to be surrounded by vagrants wanting money while I pump my gas, as I have in San Francisco. Las Vegas does have intense heat, which San Francisco doesn't have, but it's a small price to pay for all of the positive attributes.
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