I hear you, but how do the people making $15 or $20 an hour survive on that?
I can’t believe your average hotel housekeeper, Starbucks Barista, grocery store clerk, dishwasher, janitor, secretary, etc is making close to the 100k a year people talk about. If they are able to live, it’s obviously doable. If what I see on TV is accurate (and I’m perfectly willing to concede that it may be wrong) a lot of people in NYC have roommates, which would make that housing cost far more palatable.
Also to keep in mind, no one is required to live in any city in this country. If it’s so expensive to live in San Francisco, even a lower paying job in a rural area is probably going to give you a better life.
It boggles my mind that engineers who work at Facebook and such make 100k a year and have that much trouble making it. I work in Milwaukee, WI and know of companies that pay 80k for systems engineers. I bet that’s like 240K or so in San Fran, can’t see why they don’t make the move.