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living in Seattle - 2/12/2012
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Issaquah, WA

I have lived in Seattle most of my life. The best houses and safest place to live is Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Bellevue. They are all suburbs of Seattle. Bellevue is more of middle class metropolitan area. Houses likely start at $450,000
Sounds like a lot of money and it is but the quality is not really there unless you live in Medina and that would mean your house is worth at least $1,000,000. Great shopping and food. Some up scale clubs if your into that. Several churches
. Apartments in bellevue ate rather dated and don't have much to offer unless you live near downtown Bellevue. Kirkland is upper middle class city nice parks. Close to the city Redmond where beautiful Marimoor Park is. No real entertainment. Great place to raise children. However very limited in cultural diversity unless Asian and White is diverse enough for you. Very fewlimited apartments. Several privatechurches schools near by. Issaquah is an upper middle class city. Houses start in the high $400,000 but due to the housing market housing cost have decreased and that statement applies to all of the cities
The schools curriculum is top notch for students. That is the reason why I moved here although I don't like my son's teacher. Apartments rentals start at $900.00 but can increase to as much as $2800.00. I have a 3 bedroom apt 2name bathroom and medium quality apartment and the rent is $1545.00 plus water and sewer
Total expense is $1648.00. Each apt gets 1parking space and of you want a garage it will cost $150.00. Issaquah has lots of trails. It's a small suburb. Cultural diversity is limited White and Asian being the majority, a growing Indian population certainly more than Blacks which are 1% of the community. A small Hispanic community likely less than 1%. There are a few mixed race couples and children .
I am mixed heritage Black and White. I have three children that look Black and 1 that looks White. My husband is White. There are a few African families maybe 3.
Severe churches. No nightlife. A few pro football players but we don't them and you will know when you see them because they stand out like a sore thumb. Crime is minimal. Washington state is looking to approve gay marriage on Tuesday. I'm against it and that was the reason why I was on the website looking to move. The communities I mentioned are all the ones I would be willing to live in
I failed to mention Mercer Island. This city is anthe island. It is upper class about 5miles to Seattle connected by a freeway. Houses like start at $650,000
. Schools are meet the highest of standards. Large Jewish community. The majority population os White

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re: living in Seattle - 2/12/2012 - 6/29/2012
So you're commenting on the lack of diversity in Seattle, and you yourself are mixed- race, yet you're looking to leave because they're going to allow marriage for gays and lesbians? Unbelievable.

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re: living in Seattle - 2/12/2012 - 10/12/2012
Oh good God. Everyone has been telling me that I should relocate to the PNW because I'd fit in so well as opposed to NYC. I wanted to be around down to earth people, coffee, the ocean, mountains and culture. But reading this, Seattle sounds worse than New York! People actually ice you out? Come on, why? Because Seattle friendships are in such high demand? That's so unfortunate. I guess it's back to square one on finding a place to live where I can actually cultivate good relationships.

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Carlsbad, CA

Great city but don't be naive - 2/23/2015

I lived in Seattle for 34 years and worked downtown nearly all that time. I know the downtown and surrounding areas very well and feel I can speak fairly about the place. The city itself is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful cities in the country, if you, like me, enjoy a concentrated skyline that looms gorgeously above the landscape. The Space Needle, Pike Place Park, Gasworks Park, Seattle Center and other landmarks are unforgettable. The old neighborhoods near the city, where I mostly lived, are great but are more of a mix than most cities (beautiful homes next to dumps). T he countryside about 20 miles outside the city consists of endless forest land with all the outdoors enjoyment that comes with mountainous, heavily treed terrain. But with all the pluses, don't be naive. If you think the rain and cloudiness are something you can quickly adapt to, chances are you will be in for a very unpleasant surprise. A grayness, with drizzle and rain, settles in relentlessly by mid-September, lifts for a couple weeks in April as a tease, and then returns well into June. Summers often are short. I witnessed three years in my 34 where summer sunshine lasted less than three weeks. When the rain returns in September, it WILL be gray and rainy for months. Also, while Seattle isn't a big snow city, the damp cold feels very cold and can last a long time. Also, don't be naive about the traffic. The beautiful bodies of water (Puget Sound and Lakes Union and Washington) compress the freeways and traffic into and out of the city is a nightmare. This is a concentrated population with no mass (train) transit. Seattle is not what most people consider an overly friendly or outgoing city (though residents are more open to all types of people than most places). By February or March people tend to be hunkered down and, yes, depression is quite common. This is nearly the ultimate test of how one does with light depravation. I know this first hand. I have read that many people move to Seattle only to leave within a year or two due to the gray and rain. A close friend and long time resident left Seattle for Denver, missed Seattle so much his family returned and bought a house in their "old neighborhood”. A year later they realized they simply couldn’t do with SO LITTLE sun and returned to Denver. It’s a wonderful city but don’t be naive. Seattle is simultaneously a wonder and depressing place.

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Lakeville, MN

Looking to relocate from Minneapolis to Seattle - 10/8/2014

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Monument, CO

Seattle aka furry con 24 7 - 6/1/2014

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Arlington, WA

Cool, grey, outdoorsy, educated, polite, reserved - 5/9/2014

There's no racism in Seattle. The black community tends to live in SE Seattle, but there's no problem if black people live elsewhere. Seattle is a liberal city, and almost everyone here is a Democrat. If you lived in Dixie and loved it, don't move to Seattle. Seattle is as different from Dixie as you can get. The weather is cool and grey most of the year. Drizzling is commoner than heavy rain. Snow is rare, and it doesn't last long if it does snow. People are very polite, but Seattleites are not very outgoing. If you are a black person in a white neighborhood, and people seem polite but reserved, it's not a racial thing. That's how people treat each other in Seattle, no matter what their race. If you are careful to recycle, your neighbors will approve of you. If you want to talk about Jesus, or praise the 'job creators,' you will find that your audience has drifted away rather quickly, but politely, very politely. It's a yuppie place - people are very educated here, and often work in high-technology companies in software, the internet, or high end biotec research. If you want to make friends, join a group that engages in outdoor activities, such as the Mountaineers. If you're conservative, Seattle is not for you. Go to east of the Cascade mountains if you want to be a conservative in Washington, and live in a community that is receptive towards your politics. Seattle is for hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking, skiing, sailing (under real sails, not in speedboats,) Go to art gallery openings, and demonstrate for liberal causes. I suspect that the major religion in Seattle is environmentalism. If you think Faux Spews is the best news station on the air, don't come to Seattle, or you will be shunned. Living here is expensive compared to the South or the Midwest. Land in Seattle is at a premium because it is squeezed between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. If you go very far to the east from Seattle, you are in the Cascade mountain range, which is difficult to build on. This is a mountain range that is high enough to have a number of glaciers and volcanoes. There are high mountain ranges both East and West of Seattle, covered with volcanoes, which you see over lakes and sounds. Evergreen trees are everywhere, so it is always very green. Rhododendrons, azalias, and camelias grow everywhere, as do ornamental cherry trees. All of this adds up to a city of stunning beauty.

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Port Ludlow, WA

Rainy - 3/6/2014

But I love it!

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Harrisburg, PA

Relocation and Jobs - 2/17/2014

I live in the northeast. My husband and I are trying to relocate to Seattle. We find it very difficult getting any employers to look at us because we are out of state. People say move first and then apply for jobs. Given the way the economy is right now, I don't find that to be a wise decision. However, I really want to move out there. My husband graduated college with a BA in Computer Science back in 2013. I only have an associates degree and have been working in accounting for quite a few years now. Is it hard to get a job once you move there? In addition, do you find the people to really be distant? I hear about the Seattle Freeze a lot but don't know how true that is. Every place has pros and cons. Just curious if Seattle is really that bad. I've been out there lots of times. I am familiar with the rainy overcast weather. Of course visiting is way different then living there. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

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Seattle, WA

0% Hispanic??? Are you guys blind?? - 2/9/2014

Look up real data! There's over 40,000 Hispanics in Seattle! That's 6.6%! Sperling needs to look up REAL demographic data!

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Seattle, WA

0% Hispanic??? Are you guys blind?? - 2/9/2014

Seattle has a Hispanic population that makes up 6.6% of the population! Not 0%! That's about 40,000 Hispanics and if you've been to Seattle and haven't seen that, just go to South Park! It's FULL of Hispanics! I believe around 40% of the people in that neighborhood are Hispanic! This website gives false information!

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Seattle, WA

Wood Stoves - 12/27/2013

Seattle is suppose to be green? I don't think so, woods stoves pollute the air, old cars, terrible air pollution especially in the winter. If, you a runner forget it. Many of the people I observe here have insalubrious habits.....sleeping and eating after their dogs, sleazy hotel and motels. Lots of hookers though if you are into that. I've lives all over the country and Seattle takes the cake...especially on Aurora Ave from 135th to 80th Ave Colds and Flu abounds.......lots of sickly people.......too much of a liberal city. Very expensive here, it is beating out California now. Crime rates sky high, taxes galore, tolls on all 6 and 7 dollars per trip. Gay Mayors.......quite racist as well here too! I was shocked for a liberal cities....I have found that conservative places are way less racist then liberal cities. And, in reality Liberals are into money and Conservatives are into sex! And, what's with the old-fashion wood stoves, I mean it's not like we are troglodytes. Use oil or electric for God's sakes.

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Seattle, WA

Ideal City For Empty Nesters & Nature Lovers - 12/24/2013

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Lake Stevens, WA

Air Pollution - 12/16/2013

Seattle has poor air quality, especially in winter when many people burn (wood stoves, fire places)and air is stagnant. Many believe with all the rain and cloudiness that King county and Snohomish County have good air quality, however, check statistics on EPA "Airnow" web site, air quality is one of the worst in the country.

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Seattle, WA

Great place to live - 12/15/2013

I've lived in Seattle for nearly 40 years. I came here to attend the University of WA, fell in love with the city and have been here ever since. The city and surrounding area are beautiful, with a mild climate, plenty of recreational and cultural opportunities, great healthcare, and good employment opportunities. The one negative about Seattle is the cost of living which is significantly higher than the national average. I guess that shouldn't be surprising since it outranks in so many other categories.

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York, SC

best place to live - 12/15/2013

lived there for 35 years and dearly loved it. Has so much to offer

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Atlanta, GA

Relocating - 8/10/2013

Please send any information helpful in relocating to the Seattle Area. Queen Anne, or Belltown are the areas in Interested in. Thanks

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Spokane, WA

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Quality of Life in seattle - 7/10/2013

Am looking to move next year away from Chicago. Been here 12 years now, and very unhappy with Chicago, and Illinois. Many reasons for this. HOwerver, I am looking for some good information about moving to Seattle and quality of life. I am in Information Technology and am thinking I will be able to find work reasonably easily. Also have added massage therapy to my resume. I am an avid runner, scuba diver, and bicyclist. Would like to be able to pursue these activities year round and enjoy living in a city for a change. Is the cost of renting an apartment or town home in Seattle that expensive? thanks

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Renton, WA

Seattle Living..hmmmm... - 6/1/2013

If you love the mountains, hiking..the water and THE RAIN.. Then you wanna live here. There is plenty to do if you are a "granola" and you don't mind ALWAYS being rained on.. YES, I SAID ALWAYS.. this is no joke.. it s the most annoying thing about living her.. You can't plan ANYTHING outside unless you are okay being rained on.. BBQs! NOPE.. summer is usually short lived here. I have lived her on and off for many years, I have left for many years, had to come back. I am planning my escape now.. waiting or my son to graduate highschool. This place can truly be depressing. It's like waking up with a blanket on our head and walking around. GREY< GREY< GREY! 50 shades of grey people! HOw does one survive here? You are constantly waiting for the next GREAT, sunny day! Then when it is sunny, the rusty, pastey people run out get burned up and soak up all the Vit D until the next sunny day.. It's really is not for me.. I like to wake up to the give me energy.... the rain, makes me down.. and makes you wanna just stay inside and not go anywhere. This is NOT a way to live.. IT is spendy here too.. So, YES, I am planning my escape. I have lived in Scottsdale, Santa Barbara, LA... I don' know where next. I must research. Yes, Seattle is pretty, there are nice people, but if you are constantly doging the weather, it's just no fun. ):

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Seattle, WA

economy - 4/3/2013


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Alexandria, VA

Contemplating moving to Seattle - 2/25/2013

I am contemplating moving to Denver or Seattle, from Alexandria, Virginia. Actually, I never really considered Seattle, until I read some of the comments. I do not really know who and what to believe i.e., there seems to be a wide range and varying degree of opinions, with respect to either location. I just wanted a honest perspective, without emotion. I will be working from home and looking to enjoy life and the surrouding area.

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Seattle, WA

I LOVE Seattle - 1/2/2013

I have to say, I am very disappointed with a lot of what I have seen on here. I moved to Seattle from Vermont, and I absolutely love it here. The temperature is a lot warmer, and it rains LESS here than it does back in Vermont. Yes, it's true that the winters tend to be cloudy, but the rain is rarely more than a drizzle and there are still at least a few sunny days a month. The summers are absolutely amazing. Warm without being too hot and nothing but sun and clear skies for three months. Seattle is definitely one of the most beautiful places I've been to. The mountains that surround the city are breathtaking and you're never more than 30 minutes from either lounging on the beach or skiing down a slope. My husband and I had originally planned on moving to Seattle just for a few years for work and then going back to Vermont. Now we're so in love with it we decided to stay and raise our family here. Don't listen to all the naysayers on this page...the truth is that the weather here isn't any worse than a lot of places, and it has so much to offer.

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