So you’re thinking about moving to Seattle? You’re not alone. While the latest tech boom has brought more people to Seattle than ever before—our population has risen by about 100,000 people in the last decade—the Emerald City has always had allure. The Duwamish tribe has made the region their home for about 10,000 years. More than a century ago, some came to make their fortune in the gold rush. Whole communities were built from the Boeing Boom in the middle of last century. A deeply-rooted fishing culture has spawned generations of Seattleites.
There are many reasons to come here, but even more reasons to stay. We’re able to see so much of our landscape from the center of the city, so no matter how dense our urban landscape, we never forget our place as part of a bigger, beautiful region. Despite incessant rumors of the “Seattle freeze”—sometimes an initial iciness among our locals, sometimes difficulty in making lasting friendships in the city—look closely and you’ll find people are friendly in a small-town kind of way. Our temperate-but-damp climate is perfect for getting everything from wild salmon to fresh greens on your plate.
Sure, it’s gray outside, and our sports teams (Sounders and Storm notwithstanding) are notoriously… not good. But these challenges build community, and we secretly love them. One day, you’ll find yourself on an overcast hike, packed on a light-rail train with other unconditional fans, or shaking off your raincoat on your way into work and you’ll know: you’re home.
Until then, we’ve created a guide with everything you need to know about living in the Emerald City—a primer on what Seattle has to offer and how to make the most of it, including how to find the perfect neighborhood to live in, everything you need to know about renting or buying, and what to do if you have any problems with your new place. Don that Gore-Tex and start exploring.