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.
Normal summers have fewer than 3 days above 90 degrees. 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.
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.
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.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.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.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.