In the Great Job Hunt, I occasionally stumble upon planning jobs in the Bay area that I'm fairly well qualified for. The pay for a Planner III or Senior Planner-level position in the Bay area seems to range from about $60K to $75K a year ... pretty good by national standards. Still, though, there's the notoriously high cost of living. I know that home ownership is out of the question, at least until I meet Ms Right.
On a pre-tax salary of $65K, how well can a single person live in the San Francisco Bay area? Would such a salary be enough to rent a decent two bedroom, 1200 square foot apartment in a safe neighborhood and own a car, and have enough left over so you're not living from paycheck to paycheck? (I have two dogs, which is why I would be looking at a larger apartment.)