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Old 07-27-2018, 01:37 PM
 
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I'm a 38 year old lifelong resident of orange county california. I used to love it here but the cost of living, crowding, and traffic are making it unbearable.


I was considering Washington because I like the green, no state income tax, cooler climate and more rain.


Will it be too much of a system shock for me to move to Washington? What parts of Washington should I be looking at? I'm an accountant and need to be close to a metro area. I'd like to find a 2-4 unit property with a lake view. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-27-2018, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Hi fz, my son lives in Orange. I think you would like it up here. Some of the best values for those kinds of properties are in West Seattle, Rainier Beach, perhaps Edmonds Bowl area.
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Old 07-27-2018, 02:59 PM
 
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Vancouver, WA has the benefits of no state income tax and no sales tax on the other side of the bridge in Portland. Moving to Seattle is just going to add to the crowding here.
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:00 PM
 
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Vancouver, WA has the benefits of no state income tax and no sales tax on the other side of the bridge in Portland. Moving to Seattle is just going to add to the crowding here.

are there jobs near vancouver? what are the property prices like?
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:12 PM
 
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King County will be the next Orange County in a few more years. You will come here and look to leave due to the same issue you have now. The area does not need another soul to move here period.
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:14 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Vancouver, Olympia, Bellingham, in W WA, where the cooler weather is. You could try the Silverdale area, for more of a small town experience, but still with job potential; several small towns close by--some larger than others. Olympia is the state capital, so there will be gov't work for accountants, as well as private practices and businesses.

Seattle is out, because it will be more of the same, that you're trying to escape.
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:52 PM
 
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The urban land near lakes is some of the most expensive around here.
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Old 07-27-2018, 04:28 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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Close to urban areas will get you LA traffic and COL, plus salaries for accountants isn’t that great in Seattle compared to other cities, especially with the high costs, not to mention it’s ferociously competitive (CPA+masters/MBA for a living wage even with experience).

Seattle is a tech town
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Old 07-27-2018, 04:37 PM
 
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If you're looking to escape Orange County because of high COL and population density/traffic, I'm not so sure WA is the best choice for you.

Most of the good jobs are in Seattle/Bellevue, which are basically at SoCal levels of COL already (minus state income tax), and traffic is only marginally better these days. Additionally, Seattle isn't as good of a job market for Accounting/Finance jobs as some other cities (it's not the worst, but Boston, NY, and the Bay Area will better if career/job market is a priority for you).

You can certainly get some of the things you want here (cooler climate and no more income tax), but those would be the main things you'd gain.
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Old 07-27-2018, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Bend OR
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Nooooooooooooo!

The only thing around Seattle that hasn't caught up with Orange county is salaries for anyone other than a very small percentage of highly specialized tech jobs. So, you will have crowding, high cost of living etc. And you will be likely be plunged into a bad case of SAD's from all the gray dark days.

My daughter is an accountant in Seattle and I really don't understand how she survives on the low salary they pay her at a large high tech company that could easily afford to pay her an actual living wage.
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