1. Cost of living
Undoubtedly, the main reason that makes people look for moving services and leave San Francisco is an overwhelming cost of living. Even Los Angeles being one of the least affordable cities on the planet seems to offer more reasonable prices for everything. If to analyze data by Numbeo, consumer prices are higher by 17%, groceries prices – by 26%, restaurant prices – by 8%. It is twice more expensive to study in the private school in San Francisco. Health insurance index is by 9% higher in the Bay Area. The overall cost of living in LA is 56% lower than in San Francisco, California.
2. Average home price
The housing cost or home price is a major factor in the cost of living. A square meter in an apartment in LA costs between $4,000 and $7,000 in average. In SF, this is between $7,000 and $12,000. A one-bedroom apartment in the city center of Los Angeles will be cheaper by 1 350$. The rent will also cost you less. The median home price in the Bay Area is still going up. It is $1,625,000. In LA, it is only $664,160, which is almost three times lower.
SF vs LA home median listing price / Data by Zillow.
Prices for rent in both these cities feature the same impressive difference. A 1-bedroom apartment in the city center and outside it in Los Angeles costs $2,100 and $1,600 respectively. You will have to pay $3,350 and $2,600 for the same apartment in San Francisco. The difference in 3-bedroom apartments in these cities is over $2,000 too.
4. Weather and climate
It is a common truth that the climate of California is the most preferable for life. Though both these cities are characterized by the Mediterranean climate, there is some difference in weather and climate between them. Los Angeles is generally warmer than San Francisco round the year, while the last one features a wetter and cooler weather. There are 73 rainy days during the year in the Bay Area with 603 mm of precipitation, while this number is only 300-380 mm in the City of Angels.
5. Cheaper and more quality education
It is natural that moving to another city you think how to transfer your kids to a new school. However, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that education in LA is a bit better than in the Bay Area. If to compare SAT test result scores, students from Los Angeles a higher average result of 1070 (1050 in San Francisco).
If to compare higher education, according to the data provided by TopUniversities, Los Angeles has been ranked 35th in QS Best Student Cities ranking. It has been achieved thanks to three higher educational establishments that are included in the world’s top 150. San Francisco took 38th place in this rating thanks to two prestigious universities that take the 2nd and 27th place in the world’s list.
Best places for students / Data by topuniversities.com
6. A diversity of outdoor activities and entertainment
Somebody will agree that both San Francisco and Los Angeles have a similar variety of different activities and entertainment, but still, the City of Angels is one step ahead. It is natural that a variety of trails, sandy beaches, mountainous areas allow taking up many interesting activities including surfing, hiking, climbing, cycling, and many others. Being home to Hollywood, it is the only place in the country where the number of movie stars and celebrities per square meter is very high. You can also see how modern films are produced and walk along the road where hundreds of famous people left their handprints.
In addition, Los Angeles can boast some unique events that take place only in this urban area. It is enough to remember the California Strawberry Festival or Los Angeles Marathon to understand the grandiose character of such events. You can also enjoy sports competitions here regularly, as LA is home to several professional sports team to cry for.
7. Crime rate
Despite a significant difference in numbers of crimes in both these cities, it is reasonable to compare their rate per 1,000 people. The population of Los Angeles is over 9 million people with a rather big number of violent and property crimes (42,725 and 217, 493 respectively). However, if to compare this crime rate per 1,000 residents, it turns out to be much lower than in the Bay Area: 4.3 violent and 21.8 property crimes in LA against 8.2 violent and 55.4 property crimes in SF.
Naturally, these cities have features where it is impossible to determine a winner or loser. That is the reason why some lines in the table contain the word ‘draw’. For example, though it may seem that people who live in metropolises are estranged and think only about their own problems, in Los Angeles things are absolutely different. Of course, there are individuals into themselves, but the biggest number of population is sociable and open to communication. They are friendly and ready to support in any life situation. People living in San Francisco are characterized by many positive epithets too. They got used to their measured life and enjoy eloquent discussions as well as help each other in troubles.
9. Industrial diversity
Industrial diversity is another feature of both cities developed at a very high level. The major industries in Los Angeles are clean transportations and fuels, aerospace, medicine and biopharmaceuticals, education, entertainment, and tourism. In San Francisco, the largest industry is tourism, but fashion apparel, restaurants, healthcare, and education are also highly developed. Technology and financial services tale their decent place among major industries of the Bay Area as well.