Seattle is one of the top cities for job seekers, and it is because of the diverse sectors of industry Seattle has to offer. Companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, University of Washington, Boeing, Nordstrom, US Defense Department, and not to mention Seattle’s Maritime Cluster all contribute to Seattle’s thriving job force. (Seattle is also a hot spot for new start-ups!) In fact, Seattle ranks third for the nation’s strongest economy.
Seattle may not be the cheapest and sunniest place to live, but locals love not only the beautiful countryside, but all of the special city neighborhoods. Rest assured, each of these neighborhoods is unique, and people choose their homesbased upon their interests. A strong economy, low interest rates, and compelling neighborhoods, all make investing in real estate worthwhile. The Seattle area is also booming with new growth in apartments, condominiums and single family homes – There are currently $10 billion in construction projects in Seattle, and there will be 30-40 major projects happening in the next 12 months.
Sure, Seattle is famous for its rain. Yet the weather here is always changing, and the rain is not of the hurricane variety. And, the rain never stops people from getting outside. In fact, Seattleites use the colder winter months as a great time to participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, running, skiing nearby (alpine, cross-country, snow-shoeing and snowboarding) and walking their dogs (and believe me, Seattleites are passionate about their K9 friends). Another perk of living here is that you will never get tired of the gorgeous mountain views.
That’s right! Summer is Seattle’s best kept secret. With extremely low humidity, abundant sunshine, and extended days, locals love and appreciate Seattle summers. You will fall in love with the lush green trees, vast blue waters, and breathtaking mountains. You will also find yourself going to outdoor festivals, farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts, and so much more.
- The People
In 2009, Forbes ranked Seattle, Washington as the 4th safest city in the country. Seattle also goes to great lengths to protect the pedestrians, which also adds to the safety of the city. In 2008, a survey by the US Census Bureau found that among all major U.S. cities, Seattle has the highest percentage of college and university graduates. Seattle is also the #2 most literate city in the country (only after Washington, D.C.). Seattle is home to a very rich history of music and fantastic musicians are finding their voices here every year – like Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and now Macklemore.
Not enough convincing reasons to embrace the Pacific Northwest? There are also amazing restaurants with a wide variety of food choices, ferry boats, Pike’s Place Market, local food from nearby urban and rural farms, the Space Needle, incredible sports teams (can you say Seahawks?!), locally produced wine, beer, and whiskey, wild Orcas in the Puget Sound, and the list goes on. Oh, and there is the best coffee on the planet… Says every person who lives here.