Buying a place in sf probably is not more than Taipei but renting definitely is .
As the guy said closer to 6000 a month USD to rent a nice place.
Health insurance is very expensive say 900 a month per individual. USD not NT D
Education is expensive for private schools and non resident
UCBerkeley tuition will run about 10k a year for resident but 38k a year for non resident. USD now.
Preschool is about 2000 USD a Month for Pete’s sake.
CArs are so much cheaper than in Taiwan. Think half their taiwan prices.
Lease a nice Audi or jag or bmw or the like for about 600 a month with 10 pct down
Gas varies tremendously from station to station
Currently about 3.50 a gallon for regular.
Milk is about 4 bucks a gallon , double for organic
Bread is cheap. Many things in the supermarket are cheaper than Taiwan
But I would not say eating out is cheaper though.
Family restaurants have entree around 12 to 16 while posher restaurant entree are 27 to 45 dollars say.
Salad and soups run around 7 bucks at lesser places double that at posher places or more.
Whore durvs run a gamut from say 10 to 30.
Deserts are 5 to 7 thereabouts or more
And remember the tax and the expected 15 pct tip
Many tip 20pct , many ten . I do 15pct usually