I’m Moving To San Francisco!

Well, after 26 years of living in Minnesota, I’ve decided it’s time to move.

Huge piles of cardboard boxes

My 3 Reasons For Leaving Minneapolis


  1. I’m tired of the bad weather. We get hard crusty snow and humid summers. The mosquitos have not been so bad in the last few years but hey, I want to enjoy the seasons, not fear them!
  2. I want more tech. I want to easily find events dealing with my technology interests and I have a hard time doing that in Minnesota. Dates are uncertain; some years get “skipped” for annual events and there is a big focus here on “corporate” technology.  I want to discuss geeky tech stuff with other people who “get it” more often.  Sometimes Most times, I feel trapped on a tech island here in the Twin Cities.  I’m a cozy small business + cloud computing geek.
  3. I want more racial diversity. After traveling last year, I realize that the East and West coast are more diverse. I like seeing Brown people, hearing different languages or for that matter, talking to people who speak more than one language!  With my very first passport on the way, I am ready to truly embrace a “World culture” and feel that is more likely to happen outside of the Midwest.

My Numerous Reasons For Selecting San Francisco

San Francisco Skyline

  1. I want more technology.
  2. I want to be surrounded by health conscious people
  3. I want more sunshine
  4. I want to attend more technology conferences
  5. I want to eat more fresh food that is grown locally
  6. I want floor to ceiling windows (see Adria’s Goals and 21 Things video)
  7. I want to snowboard on powder without it costing $1,400
  8. I want a more simplified lifestyle
  9. I want to change the world and San Francisco has a lot of movers and shakers

This is all for now.  I could go into the reasons that I will miss the Twin Cities.  There are people here who I find supremely awesome and inspiring.  I will miss them.

I have a target move date for April 2010.  That’s less than 2 months away.  It’s my time to explore the world so here I go!  I do find the prospect of moving quite terrifying as you may remember last year just traveling to Chicago left me feeling unsettled.  It’s a good time to do this.  I’m young, single, no kids and so, so ready to make a difference in the world.

Check back to the blog and this blog post as I will be updating it with the details of my move including:

  • How I plan to find a place to live in San Francisco
  • My next trip to San Francisco (Late February)
  • What I’m bringing with me and what I’m leaving behind
  • Photos of apartments I’ve looked at
  • How I’m moving my stuff out there
  • Moving day

Say Goodbye Or Hello

If you’re in Minneapolis, let’s have coffee together in March.  I may do some sort of small get together if it seems like a good fit.

If you’re in San Francisco, reach out as I’ll need help finding a place, getting around and meeting folks.

Photo credit: releasingorange, CarbonSilver (gbenz), Wuggum03

This entry was posted in About Adria, In Real Life, Moving to San Francisco, travel on by .

About Adria Richards

Adria Richards is a developer and entrepreneur focused on digital equality. She has worked in the tech industry since 1998 solving big problems for companies of all sizes. Embracing her inner nerd, Adria moved moved to San Francisco in 2010 to pursue her passion for technology. Previously she has worked in technical and training roles for enterprise, nonprofits and startups; from Apple to Zendesk. Adria is a popular speaker and gives talks about culture, communication and diversity. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, yoga and bacon; not necessarily at that order. Her Twitter account is followed by President @BarackObama.

25 thoughts on “I’m Moving To San Francisco!

  1. Zanne Koller

    Congrats Adria, I feel the same about Florida as you do Minnesota. I am not exactly on the technology “cutting edge” down here. It if wasn't for my husband's job, I would move to San Francisco in a heart beat. You will no longer be on an island! Can't wait to hear about the good things coming your way in your future!

  2. matthewdlyons

    Congratulations. I love, love, ♥ San Francisco. Carla and I just returned from a week in SF and Yosemite. Great times. We both have plenty of friends in the SF area, and will pass along your info to them. I am sure you'll make some nice connections and find a great place to live. Best of luck!

  3. Shane Vicious

    Congrats on your future move. I went to SF 5 years ago and I though it was an amazing place. At least you'll be rid of this bloody snow.

  4. Randy

    Nice call, and good luck. I can especially appreciate your thirst for more diversity. I've been in the corporate game for about 14 years (in MN) and the lack of diversity is finally getting the best of me (it was refreshing to happen upon your blog/events/tweets, etc.). I've enjoyed your posts and look forward to leaching off all of the interesting things you'll be getting into in SF.

  5. Adria Richards

    Thanks Zanne, Matthew, Shane, s0l, Terrance, and Randy.

    It feels weird to just pick up and move. Thanks for the encouragement that San Francisco will be a great place to live!

    One thing I enjoy about Twitter is that I can connect with people all over the world!

    I'll continue to update the blog with progress updates on the move!

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  7. ramonbnuezjr

    @jessienuez and are very happy for you. I have done a number of gigs in SF and San Diego and I love both cities. we wish you the best.

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  9. Tillman

    Wow, I guess I missed that post about you moving until now!

    Great reasons to make the move. I really like the part that says “I'm young, single, no kids” Time to go before you can't go.

    I have lived in five different places to date. Now my wife is ready to make a move away from here (Columbus, Oh). Especially now that we have been hit with so much snow.

    I want to return to Chicago, but she wants a warm destination. I would settle for San Antonio, but Phoenix seems to be the spot that she is interested in, for now?

    My wife and I love San Fran, especially the Sonoma Valley mmm Wine, Wine & more Wine. Aaah yes, sorry drifted off. Any way good luck or should I say WATCH OUT SAN FRANCISO here comes Adria!

  10. adriarichards


    Hey thanks! Yes, I've somehow found wings and am ready to try them out.
    Sure glad @swirlspice sat me down and said, “Go ye into the blog conference

    Nice to hear both you and your wife are open to discussing travel. I've
    heard it can be a difficult thing to do “My mother lives here; the kids have
    so many friends; our church” etc.

    Good luck to you as well!

  11. denellet

    Hi from Atlanta, DC, Alaska…and CANADA! *smile*

    oh btw..I was born in San Francisco! hahahahahah Wow — I'm sounding like a pretty interesting character! *smile*

    Organic technology consultant??? Sounds VERY cool! I'm not really sure how I ended up on your site — but I'm super “time-sensitive” as I'm working on my doctoral dissertation at the moment… But I definitely want to chat about your organic situation! :)

    I need to get a wordpress site up and running immediately for my fabulous foundation! Any ideas on finding a great consultant to put it up for me?
    (no time..remember..) *smile*

    Keep doing whatcha' doing! People need inspiration!
    Best Regards,

  12. adriarichards

    Hello Denellet,

    Wow, you've been all over in all sorts of weather! I'm looking forward to a
    location that I feel will be focused on progress, acceptance and
    collaboration in San Francisco. Nearly everyone says I'll love it so here

    Afraid to ask if you enjoyed growing up on SF since you say you're very busy

    I'll email you about setting up a WordPress site.

  13. Heshie Segal


    San Francisco is one of my favorite cities ever. I have a lot of friends there and will see what I can do to help you meet new people right away Heshie

  14. KMG

    I'm planning to move to San Francisco later this year, too, so I really appreciate that you'll be detailing your move. Maybe I can learn a few tips and tricks from you. Don't forget to post your lessons learned.

    I grew up in Iowa and my relatives in are in Minnesota. I love Minneapolis, but it's not the place to be if you don't like winter. It's always so funny to me when I hear people talk abut how cold San Francisco is. Really? I guess they didn't grow up in the Midwest :)

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  17. Iris

    San Francisco is a fabulous city and now since i will be going on a vacation there for a couple of days, your article will help me a lot.

  18. Alexandra Motz

    Did you end up moving to San Francisco?  I live in Minneapolis now, and want to move there next June. Just don’t know where to start!

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