- 6 years ago
I am from the San Francisco Bay Area (Marin County) but I am currently living in Houston,TX (and I hate it, no offense to anyone!). I will be finishing my undergrad this year so I am starting to consider where I will want to move for Graduate School. The toss up is pretty much between San Rafael, CA (in the SF area) or Boston, MA and I am looking for some input as to which would be a better fit for me. While I do love SF / Marin County with all of my heart, I am beginning to think of what would be best for me long-term. Also, I am feeling ready for something new (but only if it would be a good fit!).
Some background information:
I am liberal, I love nature, I am not much of a meat eater (but I am not vegetarian), I like to have artistic places / things around, I like the cold, I like to live somewhere diverse (OR at least not extremely sub-groupy), I like to have entertainment (such as theaters, music shows , community events, etc.), I like to live somewhere clean, I like to have an independent culture (city-specific and often entailing lots of independent shops and restaurants, not corporate America), and it is EXTREMELY important to me to be in a community of well-educated people (especially with a sarcastic sense of humor!).
Now, while I may seem like the perfect match for the San Francisco area I have a few concerns that lead me to believe that Boston may be a better fit for me:
While I am liberal in terms of my political beliefs I am somewhat conservative in lifestyle. I do not smoke weed and in more recent years marijuana has become an especially prominent aspect of SF life (to the point that I am feeling a bit alienated from the culture). I am also not in to the “snobby” attitude of a lot of the Marin yuppies. While I do consider diversity an important element of the community, I feel like San Francisco has a lot of druggies, homeless, and crazy people and I think that as I get older I would like a bit of a more refined atmosphere if you know what I mean (cultural diversity vs. classlessness). Furthermore, the cost of living and traffic in the Bay Area is becoming pretty outrageous and I feel like it might be worth it to trade some of the SF’s artistic value in for a more tranquil and stable life.
What do you guys think? I have never been to Boston, so I don’t know how good of a fit it would be for me, despite SF’s shortcomings.
I am sorry that this post was so long, but I think it is all relevant!
Thank you so much in advance for any advice!