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Oct 05

What’s it like to live in Seattle, WA?

 

foggy-skyline

Doesn’t it rain all the time…?

To answer the question on many people’s mind: “No, it doesn’t rain all the time.” Seattle gets less rain annually than Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Miami and many other major cities. The natural beauty of the city – it’s surrounded by both mountains and water on two sides – is one of the biggest draws for residents.

Easy does it…

The scenery and proximity to nature, perhaps, contribute to Seattle’s inherent attitude: one of calm and patience. Locals are mocked for always allowing others to merge on the freeway, but that attitude extends to everyday life, where coffee shops harbor intellectual discussions, and nightlife is more about chilling with a beer at the bar than wild nights on the dance floor.

Living in Seattle has as much to do with what’s outside the city as what’s inside…

For many, living in Seattle has as much to do with what’s outside the city as what’s inside. Less than an hour from downtown, residents escape for the day or weekend to wineries, ski resorts, hiking trails and sprawling parks. Seattleites bring that love of nature into the city as much as possible, enjoying Seattle’s parks and tree-lined streets while staying cozy in fleece jackets (practically the local uniform).

CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawkss

Ranking

U.S. News analyzed 100 cities in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each city, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Seattle ranks as #7 with an overall score of 7.2 out of 10.

What’s the cost of living in Seattle, WA?

Large tech companies bring in money and the young, wealthy people who earn it, driving up the housing costs and increasing the stark socio-economic divides. Although the average Seattlite earns more than the average American, Seattle is one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S., and the high cost of living has been pushing low-income residents out of the city to suburbs, or even other metro areas..


Seattle offers a lower value than similarly sized cities when you compare housing costs to median household income.

Housing Costs this Year


Seattle
$362,468

USA
$218,867

What’s the weather like in Seattle, WA?

People say that living is Seattle is like being married to a beautiful woman who is sick all the time. They’re referring to the city’s unique combination of breathtaking scenery and the weather that often masks it. With consistently gray skies from November to May, you can see how the city gets its reputation for gloom.

What is less publicized is the reverse effect: Summer rarely sees a drop of rain with days averaging in the high 70s… with the temperatures rising in the past years. The saying around Seattle is that you travel in other months of the year… summertime is just too beautiful in Seattle to miss.

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