Prices at similar levels, but;
1) incomes significantly higher
2) more potential to grow your income
3) joint income tax filing (huge deal for a married high income earner)
4) mortgage interest write off (big deal for big mortgage / high income earner)
From a career / Finacial standpoint, it's hard to argue that the best and brightest can so better in the bigger US markets.
That's What I was trying to say, and yes it's hard to argue the facts, unless your name is Vanreal.
And let's not forget the ability to lock in today's low mortgage rates for 30 years! That could turn out to be a huge benefit as rates start to return to normal. Some on this forum claimed it would never happen but it looks like it's about to start this month.
The US also has secondary cities where the quality of life can compare quite well with Vancouver but they have better weather and much cheaper homes, and when you visit Canada on vacation you get a 30% discount on your dollar exchange to help offset Vancouver's higher prices on almost everything.
Finally, intra-corporate transfers between Canada and the US are easy if you qualify, and many young professionals can.