“People are comparing Vancouver to San Francisco and San Diego. I work in Design and Advertising and the industry is a good litmus test to how much money can be made in a city. My position in SF & SD starts at around 225-250k – in a big agency you might be looking at 300k. In Vancouver I would be groveling to get 150k. Bear in mind that I would also be paying a lot less tax in the states. Plus if I contracted, I could also write some of my mortgage off my taxes. 100k+ a year makes a lot of difference when you buy a house. Let’s compare apples to apples. I do like Vancouver – but putting it up against SF, SD, and NY is like putting your lime green Vespa scooter next to a GSX [a very fast motorcycle -ed.]. It comes with a lot of hype and looks pretty in pictures – but when you hit the road you are left standing.
P.S. Why not move to the states I hear you ask? Well my wonderful wife is from Vancouver, and like most people from the 604, regard it as some sort of gift from god to the rest of the world. Also, someone filled the US with Americans, and there’s only so long I can put up with that crowd.”