Moving to San Francisco: Everything You Need to Know

Moving to San Francisco: Everything You Need to Know

Between 2010 and 2017, San Francisco was one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. In just those seven years, its population climbed from 805,770 to 884,353, a total increase of nearly 10%.

During the COVID-19 pandemic (and the subsequent shift to remote work across many industries), the city’s growth slowed significantly. But San Francisco still has a reputation for being a city that welcomes all kinds of people and promises a high quality of life. If you’re moving to California and thinking about moving to San Francisco, you’re certainly not alone.

Before making such a big move, though, there’s a lot to learn about San Francisco. This guide covers everything you need to know about moving to San Francisco, settling in, and living in the City by the Bay.
Things to Know About Moving to San Francisco
San Francisco (also known by locals as the 7 by 7, the Golden City, or the Bay — but never San Fran) is the 17th largest city in the U.S., with a population of 874,961 as of 2019. It’s the second most population-dense city in the nation, containing more than 15,000 people per square mile.

San Francisco is well known for being a relatively small city in terms of its area — the entire city is just 47 square miles, which is where it gets its nickname that locals use: The 7 by 7.

San Francisco is just a small part of the Bay Area of California, which is home to 8 million total residents.

Haunted by the Ghost of Your Past: The Things Americans Can’t Seem to Let Go Of

Haunted by the Ghost of Your Past: The Things Americans Can’t Seem to Let Go Of

We’ve all been there — holding onto things we should have let go of a long time ago. From old love notes to a prom dress to your very first cellphone (one of those indestructible Nokia brick phones, no less), we all hold on to a lot of things. We’re all haunted by the ghosts of our past (belongings).

We were curious about exactly what it is that fills up junk drawers, backs of closets, garage shelves, and dusty attic boxes. So we set out to find out what belongings Americans can’t seem to let go of. Our survey found that we all hold onto different things for different reasons — but the one thing most of us have in common is that we wish all those old belongings weren’t in our houses anymore.

The 2021 Most Neighborly Cities in America

The 2021 Most Neighborly Cities in America

Last year, we set out to find the 25 Most Neighborly Cities in America.

Looking at data around charitable giving, volunteering, and community well-being, we named the 25 cities in the U.S. where you could find the friendliest people to live next door. And after nearly two years living in the COVID-19 pandemic, having good neighbors feels more important than ever before — so we set out to do it again. …

Moving Sustainably: The Ultimate Guide to Eco-Friendly Moving

Moving Sustainably: The Ultimate Guide to Eco-Friendly Moving

There are a lot of things that make moving difficult: The stress, the packing, and the expenses, just to name a few. But one big downside to moving that isn’t discussed quite as often is its environmental impact. Moving sustainably is just beginning to become part of the conversation, despite the moving industry’s history of being less than green.

From vehicle emissions to landfill waste from packing supplies and discarded possessions, the average move has the potential to create a lot of environmental harm. But it doesn’t have to. With some new knowledge, careful planning, and the right tools, anyone can make their move more sustainable. Read on to learn how.

Fall Home Maintenance

Fall Home Maintenance

That first hint of chill is in the breeze. The green leaves of summer are starting to get yellow, orange, and red-tinged edges. Homeowners know what this means. The seasons are changing, and they have fall home maintenance to get their homes ready for winter.

Fall is the perfect time to do all the home maintenance jobs to get ready for winter. Whether you’re a longtime homeowner or this is your first fall with a mortgage, this guide will help you know just what to do during the fall months.

Read on to learn all about fall home maintenance: Why it’s so important, and our ultimate checklist that will help you make sure you’ve done every chore you need to get your home ready to weather the winter.

Moving to California

Moving to California

If it seems like few people are moving to California these days, you’re not wrong. The 2020 Census showed the state experienced its slowest growth ever during the 2010s. Fewer people are moving to California in recent years, and many people are moving from California to other states.

While it’s true that California gets a bad rap for its expensive housing, high cost of living, pollution, traffic, and other issues, the Golden State still has plenty to offer: beautiful weather, a booming economy, or just a change of scenery and pace. And that slowed-down growth could be an indication that the cost of living in the state is finally stabilizing, making now the perfect time to move to California. So before you make the move, read this guide to learn everything you need to know about living in the Golden State. …

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