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Don’t do it, this state is a complete MISTAKE - 1/4/2022
I have lived here my whole life, born and raised. To be honest with you.. I HATE IT! This is a transition state, we don’t have many natives here. Everyone is from every where but HERE and is looking to save money and leave, And with good reason. The people that ARE from here are VERY passive aggressive and “nice nasty”. Smile and say one thing but stab you in the back and do something completely different. Don’t get me wrong the state it’s self is absolutely breathtaking, but unless your a corporate employee or own a very successful business owner you’ll get very few chances to enjoy the beautiful things we offer because you’ll be to busy trying to survive and live. It’s WAY to expensive here!!! If you enjoy rude people, passive behavior in the office, snakes called “friends “ 80% rain and clouds, a poor pool of dateable humans, EVERYONE knowing EACH OTHER and I mean EVERYONE. gossip, Facebook pages full of exposing your “bf” or “gf” pointless and deviating shootings .. racial Read More

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Great and beautiful place to live, but expensive. - 9/5/2021
I was born there. I spent 57 years there before moving to the other side of the country. There is no income tax. It is surrounded by nature, including mountains and water, beautiful place to live. It's a safe place to live. It has great food choices, great job opportunities. Microsoft, Amazon, and Nintendo of America are headquartered there. There is only a few downsides to this place. It includes poor traffic, homeless and poverty rates are going up, and it's getting more Read More

I’ve lived in it for 5 years and throughout it all the people are antisocial and hostile to people different than Read More
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Expensive is an understatement - 8/20/2021
Hahaha! I can't believe Best Places lists the cost of living as it does. I consulted this site before moving there 18 months ago from Vancouver, WA. 7% more expensive on food? I think not! Try 20-30%. Gas is easily $0.80 cents more a gallon, and misc is 50-100% more expensive. The cost of even a standard haircut at Great Clips will run you $30+. Don't even get me started on how grumpy and ill-mannered people are here... probably because you have to make $60k a year to even scrape by. The weather and the proximity to the mountains and salt water were the only perks, in my opinion. It's been a miserable run and I cannot wait to leave. The break ins, crime, drugs, and violent homeless are enough to make anyone want to leave. Read More

Seattle - Crime is killing the city - 7/29/2021
I’ve lived in Seattle for 6 years. When I moved to the city it was lively, fun, and relatively safe for a big city. Seattle is surrounded by mountains and water. The city itself is gorgeous, but now it is too dangerous to walk down the street after 5pm. Gun violence is way up and so is rent. Homicides are already past yearly average in 6 months. It breaks my heart to see a beautiful city turn into a dark place. There are no consequences for breaking the law. Criminals are out in 24 hours after murdering pets, rape, violence etc. For 5 months people have been throwing concrete on cars that are coming into the city from the interstate. Homelessness and mental illness is a huge issue that continues to grow. Somehow the city continues to get more expensive though. I know many professionals who are starting to search elsewhere for work especially if this upcoming election winners continue to value lawlessness. I hope Seattle can turn around. It slipped quickly the past few years. Read More

My move from Seattle to SoCal. - 7/6/2021
I lived in western Washington for the first 45 years of my life. Moving to Las Vegas May 2000 looking for gainful employment. Of which I found some for 6 Months, then the bottom fell outta that. I had to move again after 4 more months looking for work, which I had done for six Months searching before I got the 6 mo position. I was out of money, couldn't afford rent on the little UI I was getting from Nevada all alone, was fighting again with the ex. Life was going to hell in a handbaskit on an expeditious route, I had friends in SoCal, they told me to come on over. So, I packed up all my stuff and rode my Harley to Upland and then to Read More

Seeking a Happy Life? Stay Away - 7/1/2021
Seattle is home to what's known as the "Seattle Freeze" - it's difficult to meet people and make new friends because the majority of people are introverted, closed off, and rude. Not to mention we have the highest rate for depsression and suicide in the country. Terrible place for dating if you're between 18-30, besides it being hard to meet people, everyone's already been traumatized and has walls up so good luck. Cost of living is extremely high and it's difficult to get by if you don't have a high paying job in tech. Homeless problem is astronomical and it seems like nobody really wants to help them or do anything about it. Leaving politics out of this, you'll hate it here no matter which way you Read More

The Emerald City's downward slide - 5/28/2021
I moved to Seattle in 1986 from Chicago, and have lived in Seattle or its suburbs for 35 years. The Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful area in the country, and Seattle has had a booming economy with lots of high paying and family wage jobs. Some of the most brilliant people in the world live here. My family has prospered here, and I would be remiss if I failed to recognize the benefits we have received and the high quality of life we have lived. However, Seattle itself is in the midst of a horrific downward cycle which won't change until the voters of Seattle decide to elect politicians who care about safety, beauty, thriving businesses, and quality of life. Seattle had a homeless problem in 1986, but it has been allowed, actually encouraged, to flourish and spread throughout neighborhoods with incredibly poor and wasteful stewardship by city leaders. Several cities have found ways to assist the homeless population, providing them with services and means to better their lives, Read More

Yuck! - 5/5/2021
I've spent significant time in Washington over several decades. It was bad in the 70s aerospace bust, but that didn't spur the kind of decay that has ingrained itself in the city. What was a beautiful, vibrant downtown is now filthy. That's a polite description. The famous Pike's Place Market is just a tourist sham and not worth the time. Space Needle - same. Chihuly Garden is still worth a visit. Only do it during the day, and a nice one at that. The surroundings are full of nasty bums. What used to be a friendly place is much more sullen. It's like wasting your time in New York, not a city of the West. Don't bother visiting or working in this Read More

I loved it but I'm leaving - 3/1/2021
I moved to Seattle in 1990. It was just changing from a mid-sized town to a more cosmopolitan city.

Pros: Fast paced. Good for young professionals who want to have a high paying career. Close to Canada. Getting to Hawaii or California is easy. Natural beauty, with snow capped mountains overlooking wide blue water. It is green, with plant life everywhere. Orcas and Sea Lions. Great food. Great coffee. Rich artistic community. Liberal. Diverse. Accepting. Well-educated populace. Adequate (but overrated) healthcare. Many options to do what you like to do, many groups to join.

Cons: Traffic - if you want to take a hike just outside the city, you will be in traffic for about 3 hours total. Incredibly expensive housing and entertainment. No warm nights, you will always need a jacket. Even days rarely get hot. The waters are gorgeous, but too cold to swim in (exception is Lake Washington, which is tolerable but still chilly). People can be superficially friendly, Read More

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