Moving to another city takes lots of considerations and planning. Here are the things you might want to consider before moving to Seattle:
Contrary to popular belief of being a rainy city, Seattle only receives approximately 38 inches of precipitation every year. The truth is, Seattle gets a lot of drizzle, cloudy skies. On average, Seattle has 201 cloudy days and 150 rainy days each year. The wettest months are October through January. This reputation only gives the city its unique geography that locals have learned to adapt to.
Cost of Living
There is no income tax in the state of Washington! But Seattle isn’t cheap. According to Zillow, the median home value in Seattle is $526,000. The cost of rent in Seattle has risen faster than in any other major city in recent years and now ranks as tenth highest in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau.
Living in Seattle
Coffee rains in Seattle. There are about 35 coffee shops per 100,000 residents and the average spent per month for coffee is $36. You may already know that Starbucks was born here and they have 104 store locations in the city alone.
Seattleites are known to be environmentally conscious. They bring reusable bags to groceries and variety stores – plastic bags are no longer available. You can recycle basically anything now, and organic produce are widely available. Being a green city means more than 6,200 acres of parkland, and every park allows dogs. Seattle is a city that encourages lifetime commitment to personal recreation and fitness. Walking, biking, rollerblading and jogging, as well as kayaking, sailing, rowing and scuba-diving all can be done within the city limits. Exciting sports teams including professional baseball, football, and WNBA basketball teams will get you cheering.
The small-town feeling of each area in the city gives Seattle residents a sense of community. It is known for its popular community events where you will find lots of fun things for families and singles to do throughout the Greater Seattle Area.
When moving to Seattle, other things you will need to consider are healthcare, education, transportation and local media outlets. The city offers quality healthcare services from different hospitals, medical centers, and multi-specialty clinics. The Greater Seattle Area is also home to different schools, colleges and universities from public and private institutions. The city also continues to make transportation improvements. The new light rail is becoming popular, and getting around the city includes metro buses or downtown trollies.
If you’ve already decided or thinking of moving to Seattle, let me help. Clink home or call me at 206-841.6588.