Moving to Seattle?Good choice!
US News ranked Seattle as #10 in Best Places to Live in the U.S. Named for the first president of the United States, Seattle is located in (and the seat of) King County, Washington. With an estimated 725,000 residents as of 2018, Seattle is Washington's largest city. The Seattle metropolitan area’s population stands at approximately 3.87 million, and ranks as the 18th largest in the United States.
And to answer the first question that comes to mind: "No, it doesn't rain all the time." Seattle gets less rain annually than Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Philly and many other major metro areas. And the summer months are typically dry and (partly) sunny. The area's staggering natural beauty allows for a multitude of year-round outdoor activities including walking, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, boating, fishing, camping, kayaking, cycling and more.
Keep in mind, though, Seattle is ex-pen-sive. Although the average Seattlite earns more than the average American, due to the tech explosion of the last few decades, Seattle is one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. But if your style is craft beers, fleece jackets, gourmet coffee and dog park dates, chances are Seattle is your kind of town. Just watch out for the 'Seattle Freeze'.
DemographicsMedian age: 35.5
Median Household Income: $83,476
Diversity (approximate): 65% White, 15% Asian, 7% Black, 7% Spanish
WeatherAnnual high temperature: 60.3°F
Annual low temperature: 45°F
Average temperature: 52.65°F
Average annual precipitation - rainfall: 37.13 inch
Days per year with precipitation - rainfall: 147 days
HousingMedian property value: $606,200 (2.96 times larger than the national avg.)
Top Neighborhoods: Ballard, Capitol Hill, Fremont, Greenlake, Issaquah Highlands, Magnolia, Phinney Ridge, Queen Anne, Wallingford, West Seattle
Jobs & CommutesMajor industries: Professional. Scientific, Retail, Tech Services, Information, Agriculture, Forestry
Largest Employers: Boeing (80k), Joint Base Lewis-McChord (56k), Microsoft (42k), U of Washington (25k), Amazon (25k), Providence Health (20k)
Average commute: 25.6 minutes
Main roadways: I-5, I-405, 99/Aurora (North/South), I-90, 520 (East/West)
Public transportation: Metro Buses, Ligh Link Rail, Sounder Trains, Monorail, Streetcars
Things to DoVisit the many parks
Dine out at hundreds of amazing restaurants
Check out the Space Needle
Visit the museums
Find a local coffee shop
Go wine or beer tasting
See live music or attend a festival
Get outdoors in the summer!
Seattle Moving Resources:Seattle City Light
Puget Sound Energy
Seattle Public Utilities
WA Dept of Liscensing
King County Voter Registration
Seattle Home Values
Handy links:What You Need to Know Before Moving to Seattle
Greater Seattle Info Guide
US News Best Places to Live
Seattle Services & Information
50 Essential Moving Hacks
How to Move with Pets
How to Organize Your Closet