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Old 07-07-2007, 12:27 PM
 
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These happen to be my favorite cities in the U.S. and feel that they are worth comparing because of their striking similarities. Both are good sized metropolitan cities that are rich in culture, variety, dining, diversity and the cost of living isn't that far apart. Given these factors which city do you think is better when you weigh in all the benefits? I realize that the answers will be subjective but at the same time will give us an idea as to what people are actually looking for and admiring in a city.

I would select Seattle. Reason: I like the overcast temps, beautiful downtown, parks, Space Needle, strong economy and most important the supposed "Socialist Haven" in the U.S. Cultural diversity and qaulity education are also important. I just wish the cost of living wasn't so high. How about you people?
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:40 PM
 
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both are nice cities, Chicago has alot more to offer, but still I would choose Seattle. Seattle seems isolated, all the way in the NW, starbucks, nice cloudy weather, beautiful skyline. If the metro was bigger Seattle would definetaly be my first option, im into big huge metros. But im not sure what types of industries are booming there.
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:43 PM
 
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I prefer Seattle easily. Chicago is a nice place to visit but it's too big for me. Seattle is a good size. I much prefer rainy weather over cold winters so Seattle has the advantage in weather as well. The waterfront in both cities is very nice but I like all the piers that Seattle has. I also think Seattle's skyline looks better. Seattle has a lot more vegetation and has hills and mountains which makes the city prettier I think. I just prefer west coast cities over midwest cities. Chicago is still a fun place to visit though.
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:52 PM
 
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im not sure about seattle having a better skyline, but i see seattle is very beautiful
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:53 PM
 
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I can relate. Both cities offer the ammenities that most people desire. They are both very vibrant and feel like cities, if you know what I mean. You should be able to walk outside in your jogging pants and a T-shirt and feel that you can kick back. That's how you know when you're in a real city and not some small town where you have to fit in to the "neighborhood." I'm not sure how much more expensive Seattle is but last I checked Seattle's cost of living was maybe 10 percent more than Chicago. It used to be on par but due to the popularity and quality of life, everyone started to move there.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:28 PM
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This is a hard one. I've visited Seattle twice in the past couple of years (and before that had never been on the west-coast) and really like it as a city, I feel like could easily live there and enjoy it. I like the feel of the city and I love the 'green' aspect of Seattle, there seems to be a lot more parks and easy access to nature than there is here in Chicago (where I've lived most of my life).

Being the sort of person though that notices cultural differences, I feel like I can relate to Chicago a bit better, there is something about the 'vibe' of Seattle that, while certainly fine in its own right, didn't quite mesh with my personality (there is a bit of truth to the 'seattle freeze'). I'm sure I could adapt just fine and I truly think it is a lovely city, one of my favorites that I've visited in the US, but I think that I'd be happier here.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:39 PM
 
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I LOVED Wicker Park and Lincoln Square. Lived there for many years, so I know what you're saying about vibe matching your personality. Adapting shouldn't be a problem for anyone, unless of course, you have a problem with overcast/light drizzles. Surprisingly Chicago's rate of inflation hasn't risen that high.
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:06 PM
 
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I much prefer rainy weather over cold winters so Seattle has the advantage in weather as well.
seattle all the way
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Old 07-08-2007, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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seattle all the way
WOW. Seattle's weather blows, Im surprised people would want to live under overcast skies most of their lives. Yikes.

You all know which one I would live in.
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:10 AM
 
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WOW. Seattle's weather blows, Im surprised people would want to live under overcast skies most of their lives. Yikes.

You all know which one I would live in.
haha. as i've written on another post, during winter in chicago i *hope* that when i look out the window in the morning i will see overcast skies and snow falling, because that means it's not too far below 30 degrees that day.

that said, i have never lived somewhere that is overcast for weeks on end. i'd prefer having four normal seasons over either, but if i had to pick my poison i think i'd be the least unhappy with seattle's weather.

from having visited, the only other things i would knock seattle for are less ethnic diversity and lack of light rail transit (but they do have a pretty good bus system).
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