Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA


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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

About Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Seattle, the largest city in Washington state and home to iconic landmarks like the Space Needle, is a vibrant metropolitan area known for its stunning natural beauty. The downtown district features numerous attractions, from bustling markets to scenic waterfront parks, all surrounded by lush evergreen forests and majestic mountain ranges. Seattle's tech sector is booming, with many renowned companies offering cutting-edge opportunities for those looking to pursue their dreams. At the same time, its creative culture draws in visitors from around the world eager to explore the unique art scene and vibrant music venues, as well as partake in its wide range of outdoor activities. From captivating views to unparalleled cultural experiences, Seattle has something for everyone. Regional center - East shore of Puget Sound in west-central Washington.

State: Washington
County: King, Pierce, 3 total
Metro Area: Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Metro Area
City: Seattle, Tacoma, 199 total
Zip Codes: 98052, 98012, 98208, 98115, 98103, 98023, 98270, 98391, 98133, 98003, 169 total
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Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 125 ft above sea level

Seattle is a lively and cosmopolitan city beautifully set in a dramatic backdrop of water, forests and mountains. The main downtown area sits on a narrow, hilly strip of land between Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east. Modern skyscrapers rise on high hills in the city center, with residential units lining the lower areas along the water and north of downtown.

To the south is the Pioneer Square Historic District, recalling 19th-century commerce, and beyond are the attractive, new stadiums of the Seattle Mariners baseball team and the Seahawks of the NFL. To the immediate north of downtown is the Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World’s Fair punctuated by the landmark Space Needle and the recently completed Experience Music Project (music history museum and performance complex). Seattle has one of the more culturally rich and fun downtowns, for work or play, found anywhere.

Most suburbs, some among the most attractive in the country, spread to the east across Lake Washington in such places as Bellevue, Redmond and Issaquah. The University of Washington, nicknamed “U-Dub,” has a large campus to the north of downtown and active sports and nightlife. Everett is a large suburban town to the north and site of an extensive Boeing manufacturing and test facility. To the south lie industrial areas and the less appealing suburbs of Renton, Kent and Auburn. The Seattle area goes on for miles in all directions and has a full complement of cultural, recreational, and transportation amenities. Local geography and policy have restrained growth to a degree, but have also aggravated the traffic and congestion problems at Lake Washington crossings towards the east and along most north-south corridors.

From its origins as a center of the forest products industry and as a gateway to Alaska and the Yukon to the north, Seattle has become an important regional center with banking, high-tech companies, and consumer products. It retains its original character as a bustling seaport while also exuding an intelligence and sophistication commensurate with its prominent role in the knowledge economy. Some of the largest employers include Microsoft (in Redmond to the northeast), Amazon.com (downtown), Starbucks (in a redeveloped industrial zone south of downtown), and Boeing’s labs and manufacturing facilities in Everett and also south of downtown near the airport. The economy is robust although the aerospace and technology sectors make it more cyclical than that of other large cities.

Cost of living and particularly housing have risen substantially in recent years. And the long stretches of cloudy days and rainy periods can be a significant downside. In general, the area represents the usual big-city tradeoffs—excellent cultural and educational resources, plenty to do and plenty of variety in exchange for high costs and crowding—but with the additional elements of natural beauty and climate to consider.

Along the edge of Puget Sound, the area is hilly and heavily forested where not completely built up. The Cascade Range rises to the east (with 14,000-foot Mount Rainier to the southeast) and the Olympic Mountains rise across the Sound to the west. The climate is mild and moist, the result of prevailing westerly winds off the Pacific and the shielding effect of the Cascade Range. Steady marine air keeps winters comparatively warm and summers cool. Temperature extremes are moderate and usually of short duration.

Normal summers have fewer than 3 days above 90 degrees. Summer nights are invariably cool. Daily winter highs are almost always above freezing. Winters are wet but as Seattle lies on the leeward side of the Olympic Mountains, the annual total of 36 inches makes it drier than many cities in the East and Midwest. Long stretches of cloudy days and rainy periods tend to occur in all seasons except summer. Only 20% of rainfall occurs during the April to September dry season. Seattle is far enough north to get winter snow, about 9 inches per year, but it seldom remains more than 2 days. Thunderstorms and severe weather are rare.

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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Cost of Living
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Attractive setting, arts and culture, and nearby recreation make Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue a great place to live.

$709,400
+52.3% higher than avg
$97,675
+29.3% higher than avg
$1,883 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+39.0% higher than avg
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Crime
50.8 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$136,080
for a family
$70,000
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
   Attractive setting
Sprawl and traffic
   Arts and culture
Clouds and rain
   Nearby recreation
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Over 4 years ago

I have lived here for 36 years and love it. Mountains are a short drive away, tons of camping, people are friendly, and it feels safe.  More

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If you enjoy traffic gridlock, daily crime, gangs, homeless people defecating and urinating in public, business people who cannot communicate using the English language,  More

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