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Pros and cons of living in Silicon Valley

by Lindsay O'Boyle, Staff Writer

Photo by: Sam Villanueva

Silicon Valley, the place that the rest of the world calls the global technological hub, and we call home. And for very good reason. What’s not to love about the Silicon Valley? We get about 260 days of sunshine each year, and the temperature is almost always a comfortable 75 degrees.

We are also conveniently located near a variety of different environments; only 30 minutes away from Santa Cruz means that those 260 days of sunshine can always be taken advantage of whether playing in the ocean or suntanning on the beach. There’s also the option of an urban lifestyle just an hour north in San Francisco or an adventurous weekend getaway a few hours northeast in the mountainous wonders of Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

One of the iconic benefits of living in the Silicon Valley is the opportunities available for ambitious entrepreneurs to start their own companies and the plethora of jobs for engineers at big corporations like Apple, Google, Yahoo, Pixar, Oracle, and so many more. While this may not seem like a perk right now, in a few years the connections from a life spent growing up in the Silicon Valley will prove useful. And in terms of the present, being surrounded by all these big-name corporations means overall we are one of the most technologically advanced areas in the world.

However, living in such a desirable area comes with consequences in the form of money and time — life’s most valuable assets. The cost of living in the Silicon Valley is insanely expensive. A simple one-story house can cost around one million dollars and even that is relatively cheap compared to the multi-million dollar houses of wealthy cities like Saratoga and Los Altos. And the traffic of living in such a bustling center means that unless you’re driving between the hours of 10:30 am to 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., it would be wiser to just stay home.

Despite these cons, Silicon Valley is a truly unique area with an incredible amount of diversity and opportunity. Whether spending the days suntanning on the beach or stuck in traffic, it’s hard to deny the beauty and opportunity in this valley we call home.