It's the city that knows how to be expensive.
Already holder of the title of country's priciest city for renters, that title is being quantified: in order to not have a "huge problem finding and retaining affordable housing," San Francisco residents need to be making more than $85,000 a year, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
About a quarter of San Francisco's households make too much to be entered into the city's affordable housing problems -- and too little to compete in the market-rate housing struggle, the newspaper reported.
That means people like Andrew Hajjar, 26, consider themselves lucky to score a $1,200-a-month studio -- and unable to live anywhere else.
In any other city, making $42,000 to $56,000 a year as a single person would be a good living -- but in San Francisco, those "middle earners" have the "fewest real options," according to David Sobel, of the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation.