Moving to Seattle

Moving to Seattle          Seattle is a city located on Puget Sound in the state of Washington. It is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges and lush forests, and provides an interesting and culturally rich expat destination.

Expats moving to Seattle will find that they are able to strike a healthy balance between work, relaxation, the arts and family. The city offers lots of schooling options, state-of-the-art healthcare and a safe environment.

Downtown Seattle is the city’s economic and social hub and the primary industries that make up the city’s economy are Internet and technology, service, design and industrial companies. The Port of Seattle is a major trade hub with links to Asia and Alaska.

Young professionals are drawn to the Downtown area as it provides a vibrant, fast-paced lifestyle and is in close proximity to most office buildings. A variety of housing options are available, from slick apartments to quirky loft conversions, and there is something to suit any budget. The downtown area provides good access to Seattle’s public transport system, arts and cultural activities, shopping and restaurants. Some of Seattle’s most well-known landmarks are The Space Needle and the original Starbucks coffee shop.

Seattle is known for its music industry and had a very active jazz scene in the first half of the 20th century. Artists such as Ray Charles and Quincy Jones started their careers in Seattle. The city was the birthplace of the “grunge” genre, and Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam are all Seattle exports.

Expats living in Seattle will find that a car is not a necessity, as buses, electric trolleybuses, light rail and commuter trains are at their disposal when it comes to getting around the city. Not to mention the excellent ferry system which is the largest ferry network in the USA. Many Seattleites opt to cycle or walk to work.

Seattle is a great city for expats with children as the schools are of a very high standard; there are various parks and lakes, as well as a thriving theatre and arts scene. The city lends itself well to outdoor activities, and families can walk, run, kayak or cycle together. There are many good public schools in the city as well as a number of private schools, several of which are secular. Furthermore, Seattle is home to the University of Washington.

Expats with families might prefer to live in the suburbs surrounding Seattle, but those commuting to the city should be aware that Seattle has some of the worst traffic congestion in the whole of the USA. That said, the suburbs do provide a high quality of life and a strong sense of community.  Accommodation is less expensive in the suburbs, but Seattle as a whole offers a relatively low cost of living. 

All in all, Seattle is a beautiful place to live and is constantly growing in its innovation and culture. Expats moving to Seattle will find themselves in one of the most desirable places to live in the USA.

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