I’d never heard of Bundle before, but Presh Talwalkar has used the service to figure out whether his decision to live in San Francisco rather than Berkeley made financial sense.

I’m not entirely sure why, but it seems as though a young, single male in the city spends considerably more on food and drink than his equivalent here (what, do young, single males not like the Gourmet Ghetto?). Less surprisingly, housing costs in the East Bay are way less than in the city. The other categories, shopping, travel & leisure, getting around, and health & family have less dramatic differences.

“I have to swallow my pride that I was wrong,” writes Talwalkar. And Berkeleyside readers know there are many reasons other than money to live here.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...