In a new study, 44% of Millennials plan to move out of the Bay Area in the “next few years.”
In the same study, 8% of Millennials will move out of the Californian tech peninsula within the next 365 days.
Tech companies are in serious danger of stagnating because they won’t be able to hire the talent needed to keep their companies afloat while the number of foreign HB-1 visas has dried up.
All of this could come home to roost and early cracks can be found in the local housing migratory trends.
The robust housing demand, lack of housing supply, mixed with the avalanche of inquisitive tech money has made living with a roof over your head a tall order.
The area has also become squalid like some third world countries due to the homeless problem that is growing faster than any software company.
Salesforce Founder and CEO Marc Benioff has lamented that San Francisco, where ironically he is from, is a diabolical “train wreck” and urged fellow tech CEOs to “walk down the street” and see it with their own eyes to observe the numerous homeless encampments dotted around the city limits.
The leader of Salesforce doesn’t mince his words when he talks and beelines to the heart of the issues.
In condemning large swaths of the beneficiaries of the Silicon Valley ethos, he has signaled that it won’t be smooth sailing forever.
He has also urged companies to transform their business model if they are irresponsible with user data.
The tech lash could get messier this year because companies that go rogue with personal data will face a cringeworthy reckoning as government policy stiffens.
I have walked around the streets of San Francisco myself.
Places around Powell Bart station close to the Tenderloin district are eyesores littered with used syringes that lay in the gutter.
South of Market Street (SoMa) isn’t a place I would want to barbecue on a terrace either.
Summing it up, the unlimited tech talent reservoir that Silicon Valley gorged on isn’t flowing anymore because people don’t want to live there anymore.
This is exactly what Apple’s $1 billion investment into a new tech campus in Austin, Texas, and Amazon adding 500 employees in Nashville, Tennessee are all about.
Apple also added numbers in San Diego, Atlanta, Culver City, and Boulder just to name a few.
Apple currently employs 90,000 people in 50 states and is in the works to create 20,000 more jobs in the US by 2023.
Most of these new jobs won’t be in Silicon Valley.
Jobs simply flock to where the talent is.
The tables have turned but that is what happens when the heart of western tech becomes unlivable to the average tech worker earning $150,000 per year.
Sacramento has experienced a dizzying rise of newcomers from the Bay Area escaping the sky-high housing.
Millennials are reaching that age of family formation and they are fleeing to places that are affordable and possible to take the first step onto the property ladder.
These are some of the practical issues that tech has failed to address, and part of the problem with unfettered capitalism which doesn’t consider quality of life.
No wonder why Silicon Valley real estate has dropped in the past year, people and their paychecks are on the way out.