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Old 06-29-2010, 12:28 PM
 
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Hey All,

I'm really hoping you can provide me with some good Seattle feedback! I'm getting ready to accept a job with Seattle Public Schools. I'm originally from CO, but have lived all over...London, Boston, DC...am currently in SC but am looking for a more stimulating environment! I think Seattle definitely falls into that category! I've been there before & have really enjoyed it!

My question is...will I be able to survive (without roommates!) on a $54,000 salary?? I keep hearing about no state taxes; how does that factor into your salary? Any ideas on figuring out take-home pay??

I don't feel the need to be living right downtown; I'll be traveling between multiple schools for work so I won't a particular office that I'll need to be at on a regular basis, so I don't mind living a bit further out!

I also hear that traffic is a nightmare! After living on the Beltway of the Metro DC area for 5 & a half years, it's easy to say that traffic doesn't scare me! But...can anyone shed some light on that? Anyone familiar with the DC traffic? How does Seattle traffic compare?

Any insight any of you have would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much!!
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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Seattle traffic is horrible, but not as bad as DC traffic. I-5, I-405, and SR 520 can be nightmares, but if you're living somewhere within the Seattle city limits, or nearby where you avoid those roads, you should be alright. Which schools will you be traveling between?
If you're renting, it's not hard to survive on a 54k salary.
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: WA
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Seattle has slightly better traffic and slightly cheaper housing than DC. Of course, your commute times will be determined by where you live.
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:52 AM
 
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DC has prepared you well

-I kept hearing the same thing about the traffic and compared to dc it was a breeze

-cost of living is high but not as bad as dc/nova/md.......
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Wallace, Idaho
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My wife and I just moved to Renton after 5+ years in the DC area. (I'm still in metro DC, but I'm coming out permanently in about two weeks.) The cost of living is pretty comparable (housing is a little less expensive, but we're finding that groceries and utilities are a little higher), but Seattle traffic is NOWHERE near as bad as it is in DC. Not that Seattle traffic is a walk in the park, but at least the freeways aren't a virtual parking lot at all hours of the day.
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:51 AM
 
Location: NYC
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DC has prepared you well

-I kept hearing the same thing about the traffic and compared to dc it was a breeze

-cost of living is high but not as bad as dc/nova/md.......
Traffic is not nearly as terrible as on the Capitol Beltway. However, look into transit and bike options. Both are top-notch in Seattle.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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You'll be fine on 54K. No income tax but our sales tax is high.
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