I am having repetitive dreams that my wife and I are going to wind in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have visited the area twice in my lifetime, did most of the touristy stuff, and I have relatives in San Jose. My question is: is the Bay Area as overly and overtly political, even in common everyday life, as its reputation throughout the rest of the country leads me to believe, or this impression false? In other words, yes it's liberal and I probably won't see eye-to-eye politically with an overwhelming majority of the population. I'm okay with that. My family (including the San Jose relatives) are all originally from Chicago, another highly liberal enclave in the country. In Chicago, you can be happy without discussing politics and it's possible to have an apolitical social and business network. There are even opportunities for people of wide-ranging political, social, and religious beliefs to practice such beliefs comfortably without ridicule or ostracism, including more conservative politics, family values, and religious beliefs (like evangelical Christianity). It's hard to imagine there not being such opportunities given the population numbers (Chicagoland around 10 million and the Bay Area around 7.5 million). If San Francisco and Chicago types can find niches and/or be happy in Dallas-Fort Worth (population 6 million), then surely there are places for me in the Bay Area. Of course, such people don't stand a political shot in hell, but like I said, I'm okay with that. Is the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose metro similar to Chicago in this regard? Or, if my dreams become reality, will my wife and I be alienated and lonely like nothing we've ever seen or experienced?