It’s no secret that rents in the Bay Area have risen dramatically since 2012. If you make $100,000 a year, you will be able to afford approximately $2,500 per month – and your options are extremely limited. Forget San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland (except for pockets near Oracle Arena), Hayward and San Leandro have a few zipcodes which might fit the bill, parts of Walnut Creek and Concord are affordable, and there’s always Pittsburg and Antioch.
You have to go to Solano County (and beyond) in Vallejo and parts of Fairfield where rents are in the $1,600 range. By comparison, the zipcode with the lowest rent in San Francisco (near San Francisco State) is $3,450.