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Seattle’s offers one of the most beautiful skyline views in all of the United States due to the stunning coastline and several architectural gems including the Space Needle, a tribute to the 1962 World Fair. Often referred to as ‘The Emerald City’, this urban Washington metropolis was given this special nickname because of its substantial amount of park acreage. This American town is beautiful and alluring to those on the outside looking in, but what is it like to live and work in Seattle.
Spotlight on The Emerald City, Seattle, Washington
Although this city is known for its rainy weather and delicious coffee (in a word, Starbucks… need we say more?) Seattle is also known as the city that never sleeps. There is so much to do in this American city, regardless of your hobbies and personal interests, and the weather really isn’t that bad. Late fall and winter days can be a little gloomy at times, but Seattle also offers sunshine-filled temperate days and clear quiet evenings.
Named the most popular city in all of the United States in a recent poll taken by Public Policy Polling, Seattle is considered the intellectual and artistic person’s dream come true. due to the area’s many cultural offerings including art studios and museums, libraries, operas, ballet houses, and symphonies, to name a few. For those who love music, there are numerous locations and even whole neighborhoods dedicated to specific sounds such as 90s grunge, for example.
As you might expect from an eco-conscious city with over 500 acres of parkland, Seattle offers superior walkability and strives for sustainability. The earth-friendly attitude of this port city can also be seen in the local food scene, as appetites are spoiled with fresh seafood as well as organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices for some of the world’s best culinary influences, including popular American comfort foods.
Seven Hills of Seattle
While many home buyers are sure to love Seattle Washington, there are some who might find such a culturally rich and intellectually stimulating location to be somewhat overwhelming. Choosing between so many charming communities and above average neighborhoods can be a little daunting, especially once you find out Seattle is divided into seven separate and prominent sections, or hills. These locations are, in no specific order, First Hill, West Seattle, Denny Hill, Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne Hill and Magnolia Hill.
Each of these locations offer micro-communities with numerous benefits and influences that are appealing to those thinking about making Seattle their home. In fact, most new home buyers will fall in love with their new surroundings (and new neighbors) before the ink dries on their real estate purchase, whether they opt for a waterfront home or downtown location.
Transportation: Getting around Seattle
No matter where new home buyers decide to call home in this Emerald City, there are numerous options regarding transportation. If you plan to commute by personal vehicle, you can expect to deal with traffic jams on a regular, if not daily, basis during rush hours and on the weekends. Most often, these will occur near Seattle’s center from noon until late afternoon. To help drivers, Washington state has a website dedicated to road condition updates such as traffic jams and construction delays.
For those who rely on public transportation, there are several options including cabs and streetcars, the Monorail, the King County Metro, the Light-Rail Connection and even ferries, all of which are affordable travel modes for work, shopping or leisure activities. While cab rides might not sound like a favorable option, today’s technology has led to several apps that can make calling a cab easier and more efficient than ever before.
Working in Seattle
Before starting to worry about finding work in Seattle, Washington, this area is home to numerous innovative companies, including these big names in business: Costco, Microsoft, Nintendo of America, Starbucks, Expedia, Nordstrom, T-Mobile and Amazon. Additionally, the University of Washington is the area’s largest employer with more than 28,000 employed faculty and staff members, and an impressive yearly revenue of $3.7 billion.
With so many corporate giants settling in and around Seattle, Washington, there is no shortage of employment opportunities for those who aspire to work and achieve the American dream …or just their dream job. Whether you hold a degree or nothing more than a high school diploma, Seattle, Washington offers more than 1.93 million jobs and has an unemployment rate of 7.2%, which is much less than the national average, thanks to the many corporations that call this port city home.
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