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Old 02-03-2014, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Downtown Seattle
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Some follks say Seattle and Washington state peaked between 1990-2000 with the booming high-tech sector, robust economy, music scene, and many movies and television shows were based here. While that era was a great time to be here I think now is just as good as ever. We may not have all 4 pro-sports teams like some cities do but our teams rock! Seahawks just won their 1st super bowl victory- something not expected by the media or the majority of NFL fans. Recently Washington was named the most innovative of all states Why Washington State Was Named #1 Most Innovative State By Bloomberg | KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest The reason for this is clear- our economy is booming, it never suffered much of a set-back during the big recession like some states did, and we have some of the most prestigious companies based right here like Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks. These companies offer high wages and great benefits. Washington is a place that values intelligence, ambition, and education, especially higher education. The % of people that hold bachelor degrees and higher ranks among the highest in the nation. Now is just as good if not better for the high-tech industry and this state is 1 of the leaders once again. Many outsiders like to slam us for our dreary winter weather, high COL, and the bad traffic. Well the weather might be dreary for 5-6 months but that means there are 6-7 months of great weather. Our summers can't be beat. Where else can you have some of the most lush greenery and majestic snow-capped mountains all in the same view? All the rain we get equates to fresh clean air - unlike other places that are choking on smog and dust. High COL? Some things are pricey but I am actually saving money on lower electric costs and water bills, and making much more money here compared to where I moved here from. They say money can't buy happiness but it certainly paves the road to a better life, and Washington is the place to be for the opportunity to make a better life for yourself. Traffic can be annoying at times but that can be contributed to a thriving work force. I have lived here now for nearly 3 years, I was a little scared at 1st but I know I made the right decision by moving here. Washington isn't perfect- what place is? But I am glad to be here. Our prosperity and rank in the nation is like the Energizer Bunny- it keeps going and going and going!
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Old 02-03-2014, 04:16 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Many outsiders like to slam us for our dreary winter weather, high COL, and the bad traffic. Well the weather might be dreary for 5-6 months but that means there are 6-7 months of great weather.
I agree with you on all but the above. I have been here 20 years, and the cloudy, wet weather lasts 9-10 months, leaving 2-3 months of great weather. usually July 5th through August, and 1-3 weeks of September. This has been a very unusual year, like today, to see sun in February.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Washington State. Not Seattle.
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I agree with you on all but the above. I have been here 20 years, and the cloudy, wet weather lasts 9-10 months, leaving 2-3 months of great weather. usually July 5th through August, and 1-3 weeks of September. This has been a very unusual year, like today, to see sun in February.
I beg to differ. I live in Washington State and I don't see anything like that as far as weather goes.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Maple Valley
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I beg to differ. I live in Washington State and I don't see anything like that as far as weather goes.
Ha ha ha! True, eh? Depends on which side of da mountains you be livin' at.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:14 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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I'm hoping to find out for myself in the future.
Wa. has gotta be more inviting than Ill.
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Maple Valley
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I'm hoping to find out for myself in the future.
Wa. has gotta be more inviting than Ill.
I'm from the Midwest, too (northwest 'burbs of Chicago). We moved to Washington last March. You?
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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I'm from the Midwest, too (northwest 'burbs of Chicago). We moved to Washington last March. You?
Well I'm west of Rockford, and hope to make a new start in either Portland or maybe Wa. sometime this year. I can only be envious for the time being I guess.
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:34 AM
 
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Just like that old Weezer song said:

"Washington State... That's where I want to be! (gimme, gimme)
Living in Washington State...
Washington State... Rolling like a celebrity! (gimme, gimme)
Living in Washington State..."
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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Yes, thisis a great time to live in Washington State. Compared to the weather in most of the country, this is a very mild Winter, we are superbowl winners, and our favorite local musician Macklemore won a grammy this year. There are a whole host of other reasons to love Seattle all the time (schools, good economy, culture, hiking) but, especially for the past year, this is a fabulous place to live!!
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:31 PM
 
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I guess it depends on your interpretation of "great weather." I think the west side has fantastic weather from April-late October. The grey does get me down, but I never have to shovel or scrape rain off my car.
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