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Seattle Neighborhood Guide

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If your planning a move to Seattle, you’re in luck, because it’s a great place to live. Here’s some helpful information for you to know about your new hometown.

Seattle is the 15th largest city in the United States and widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful and livable American cities to move to. It has great schools, outdoor scenery and opportunities, and all the amenities that living in a major urban area can afford. Yes, Seattle is far more than just the nation’s best-noted coffee lovers. This northern-most city in the contiguous United States has a lot to offer.

Seattle is consistently rated as one of the two most literate cities in the United States with a higher percentage (53.8%) of college graduates than any other major American city. Over 90% of its school children graduate from high school. (The national average is 85%) The city also has high rankings in per capita income, commitment to use of “green” technologies, livability and culture. As for outdoor activities, the Pacific Northwest can’t be beat.

Because of our moderate (and yes, wet!) climate, Seattle places a heavy emphasis on outdoor recreation, with year round activities including walking, cycling, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, sailing, motor-boating, swimming and team sports. There are trails around Green Lake, Discovery Park and Myrtle Edwards Park in town, with even more outdoor opportunities in the nearby Cascade or Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, the Straits of Juan de Fuca and Georgia. The Seattle area can’t be beat for outdoor activities. As for companions to do those things with, the city is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts and on any weekend, you’ll find new friends exploring all over the scenery.

But with all the amenities and great individual activities going on, Seattle remains a city of neighborhoods, because it has grown through annexation. Over a dozen Seattle neighborhoods have “Neighborhood Service Centers,” which are a bit like mini town halls. Even more of the communities have their own street fairs and parades, which means on any given weekend during the warm weather months, you can go in search of handmade arts and crafts, farmers markets, food booths and live stages with entertainment and music. These events are huge with some drawing as many as 100,000 people to enjoy the warm summer air. This gives the varied city neighborhoods and areas strong and wonderful “flavors” unique to each area. And the Puget Sound Regional Council has designated several areas of the metropolitan area as “urban centers,” defined as “planning districts” in order to better provide a mix of housing, employment, commercial and cultural amenities to support transit, walking and cycling.

Seattle is a great place to live, a great place to raise children, and a great place to move to. Contact us for a free quote for your move to the Seattle region. Just think, the sooner you’re settled, the sooner you can start enjoying Seattle!

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