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Kenmore, WA

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Seattle, WA

You Could Do Better... - 2/17/2015

I was born in 1967 and have lived all over these wonderful United States. From Queen Anne in Seattle to Coconut Grove in Miami...I mean I've lived all over the place. Vermont, Chicago, California and Kansas City. And the list goes on and on. I mainly grew up in Seattle and have lived in Bellingham, Raymond and Issaquah Washington as well. Unfortunately it's not as great as the brochure would tell you. Yes, there are parts that don't even see crime and yes, cannabis is legal. I have run on every trail you can think of in Western Washington...I'm still waiting to see Bigfoot, that bastard owes me money. But I digress. I started a business here in Seattle in 1992 and sold it last year (2014)...The business was successful and I am lucky because of it. Got a great wife and a 6 year old daughter who is more of a smart aleck than Jim Carrey. Not sure if that's a good thing. What were we talking about? Oh yes, you could do better than Washington. Sure, there are the islands and the towns near Olympia National Park. But that's about it...if you can afford it. Unfortunately Seattle has been rampaged by the disgust that is West Coast.....all over the place. It's become what is north of the bay of San Francisco is today. Just a wash of cedar shingles and poorly built town homes. It's a shame because Seattle used to have its own personality, it's own 'emotional' status. But alas, no more. Now it's just San Francisco without the history. And Alcatraz is hiding as West Seattle. Spokane is about as good as you're going to get for comparison to the rest of the country...But unfortunate for them they're morons over there. And therein lies the rub. Like everywhere and everything you get what you pay for. Spokane a great place to live? Yes, except for the people who aren't all there. And there is a lot of them. Seattle, oh yes, a great place to live...if you're either well off or a confused and gay man in his twenties from Ohio. (Jeff just didn't fit in now did he?) I prefer having 'Quality' of life over Quantity....Give me the methodic hum of death in the midwest and their cold wintery winters over the melodic dance of everyone who knows everything yet doesn't want to talk about it and I'm happy. Minneapolis sounds good, maybe somewhere in Iowa... I'll turn boring into meditation and create my own mountains in the midwest.

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Clackamas, OR

The Inland Northwest - 10/9/2014

We enjoy the climate, geography, demographic and culture of the Inland Northwest. A location that enjoys all four seasons with Spring sometime hanging on well into summer. Summers are dry, warm, winters are cold with average snowfall.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

poor climate comment - 7/5/2014

WA has 72" of rain west of 29" truly is a rain shadow. I live on the coast in Westport/Grayland, Grays Harbor County, and truly wait for those 'sun breaks' and I too sit out there facing that warming sun and sliding my chair as the sun slips across the southern horizon! But I have never wintered here...much below 60 doesn't please me at all...I stay May-October thanks for your opinion.

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Tacoma, WA

Washington - 4/28/2014

Nice place to live. Has a moderate weather pattern, green all year around-rare snow, which is gone in one day-- draw back-expensive to live.

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Everett, WA

A little piece of heaven - 2/21/2014

Coming from the East Coast, Eastern Washington with it's beautiful scenery & temped weather is wonderful. After living on flat Long Island for the first half of my life, the mountains are one of my favorite things.

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Westlake, OR

Retirement Potential - 1/10/2014

Southwest Washington in Lewis and Cowlitz counties seems to have very good climate and geography for a relaxing place to buy a retirement home.

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Stop trying to re-invent the wheel - 1/4/2014

We escaped California because of intrusive legislation and to enjoy clean rural living based on Judeo-Christian Principles; which, overall, we enjoy here in Washington. The biggest problem is that Olympia fails to understand that you cannot tax/fee your way out of debt or pay for programs that cost more than the sovereign earn. "Nemo Repente fuit Turpissimus--None reach the height of vice at once" I would like to see the responsible citizens start standing up against the 4 big Puget Sound Counties, especially King County; who think they know what is best for the other 35 counties of this State. Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis

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Tucson, AZ

Pacific NW - 10/18/2013

Looking for the warmest, driest place to live in WA.

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Tacoma, WA

the state of washington - 6/22/2013

looking for the best yet affordable place where there are plenty of diversity in the county with great schools, shopping, entertainment,great paying jobs.

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Olympia, WA

Variety - 6/21/2013

Western Washington has many recreational opportunities: hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, camping, etc. within a few miles from where you live. There are many top notch medical facilities, colleges and Universities, fine arts, museums, sports teams, etc. The life here is much more laid back from many of the places I've lived. I don't find the weather a problem-it's diverse. I've lived in the desert and tropics-never again! I like other people going to the desert and the tropics so Washington does not become crowded:)

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Lynden, WA

Love Sperling's BestPlaces! - 3/11/2013

After reading postings on here for so many years, I am finally signed up to participate! It's a great forum for pioneering types like myself who have moved around a lot and are still keeping their options open :) Opinions can be quite diverse about locales, people and climate, so please don't let one comment push you towards or away from somewhere. Ultimately, we all make our own beds for ourselves and have to find our own personal connections. I, for instance, live in Western WA State where people always say how cold and rainy it is. By comparison to where exactly? People on the east coast and in northern Europe will know exactly what I'm talking about! Personal experience is everything, and in regards to human interactions and the quality of life we enjoy, "what we give is what we get." We shouldn't move anywhere expecting to hand us our dreams on a silver platter. You have to make your dreams happen for yourself, which are more likely to materialized when shared with other people and their dreams.

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love pain - 2/4/2013

i have got engaged with doctor lady and i after my traveling to USA she refused to follow me and we got separated. it was very painful love story

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Kirkland, WA

rainy - 1/25/2013

well here in seattle its allways,that would 8months out of 12,so bring youre umbrellas when you visit.

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Sacramento, CA

Head for home - 7/13/2012

Place to breath, be me, welcomed, secure, home.

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Ocean Park, WA



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Vancouver, WA

Mountains and Oceans - 2/9/2012

Living in Vancouver, WA you only have to drive less than 2 hours to reach the beautiful mountains and gorgeous Pacific ocean!

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Kirkland, WA

Seattle Washington - 10/23/2011

I live in a suburb in the outskirts of seattle and i am not the biggest fan. I enjoy the city life being only a 25 min drive away. But the weather is a disappointment. It is always cloudy and rainy. Or just drizzles. Because of the rain, theres not a lot of outdoor activities to do.

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Renton, WA

pullman - 10/7/2011

great small town.decent climate,good food,college town and all the positive elements that come with it.i will retire there. next door moscow is ok too. no crowds or traffic !

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Arlington, WA

The Evergreen State - 4/28/2011

The westside of the state is beautful, green w/lots trees,lakes ocean. That's the good side, the bad side is the weather. It rains way to much.

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Wilsonville, NE

Columbia River Gorge Remembered. - 4/26/2011

I grew up in Stevenson, Wa from 1962 to 1986. I graduated from the Stevenson High School in 1981. I remember North Bonneville before the second power plant was built. Stevenson was such a different town before "Wind Surfing" became popular in the late 80's and before the Federal Government proclaimed the Gorged a National Park. I went through Stevenson back in 2008 and the down town area has been all updated and there is even a resort just to the west of town. Which provides a variety of services and activities to the passer-by. Every time I come back on home on vacation and drive up the Columbia River Gorge it still takes my breath away. The Char-Burger is still my favorite place to eat, on the Oregon side of the river in Cascade Locks, OR just at the bottom of the Bridge of the Gods. The view is beautiful and hasn't changed in all these years. Then I love to drive West on Interstate 80, OR side of the river, to the old scenic hwy. and take it into Troutdale. ((GET YOUR CAMERA READY)). The waterfalls along the way are jaw dropping. Once you get to the top at Crown Point the Vista House is one of a kind. The view is amazing, you can see into the Gorge to the East. This little road trip is a must.

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