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Old 07-29-2011, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Based on all that, it seems Seattle would be a good fit. The weather does get dreary, but there are a few good days.
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Settled in Seattle
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Amazing day in Seattle today.
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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Talking Seattle sounds too dark?

This has been a very informative thread. I was thinking about moving to Seattle because Bend, ,OR is too sunny.. go figure.. the grass is always greener.. OP have you considered Bend?
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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Sounds like you will be a great fit here! I am one of those folks that is out rain or shine, I smile and say good morning to everyone I meet and magic of all magic, I have friends here! I have lived here for 4 years. The weather was hard for me the first year and now I am used to it. When it's been 115 degrees everywhere else for the past month, even 60's and rain is fine with me for a few summer days. I have just been up to Orcas Island for a week and out to the Olympic Peninsula this past weekend. I am reminded that putting up with overcast skies has tremendous rewards. The PNW is one of the most gorgeous places on earth!

And to add, I worked extensively in both DC and Atlanta...Seattle would be a completely different place to live. Do it while you're young. You don't have to stay forever!!
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:54 PM
 
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toosunnyhere, no I didn't consider Bend. I really want to live in Seattle. Thanks all for your feedback. Next question, what would be the best neighborhood for me? Nice, quiet, close to the city and affordable?
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Back in Boring Seattle
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I am a 32 year old, African American woman currently living in Atlanta and I need a change. I moved here a few years ago for my job, and now I can work anywhere in the US as my job is a work at home job. I need a change of scenery and need something fresh in my life.

More about me: I am single, love to walk and hike. I enjoy the theater (plays, musicals, opera, ballet, etc), music and movies. Full time I am in the IT field. Part time, I am a yoga teacher. I teach yoga because I love it so much, not for the money. I also into fitness and do yoga myself 4 days a week. I am looking for a place with mild temperatures, nice walkable areas (parks, trails, hiking) good yoga studios, organic food, nice people and lots of culture. I love to travel and want to live near the airport and also near places to drive to for weekend getaways. I love the mountains and the ocean. I am also looking to settle down and I date interracially. My budget is around $1200 for an apartment in a nice neighborhood (with room for my home office). I would prefer to live around other like minded, educated people. I can get along with all races, ages, and cultures, just as long as they are nice and civil

Atlanta weather is hot and sunny, but too hot for my taste. I don't want cold and snow (I grew up in the midwest and don't miss the weather) .... and I would be OK with Seattle cloudiness and rain..... Would Seattle be the best place for me or maybe somewhere on the East Coast (Maryland or DC)?

I would like to live on the West Coast (California is too expensive and I don't really like the vibe of Cali). So, based on all of this, would Seattle fit for me?
I know this is an older thread, but it's still on page 1 and it got my attention because I'm going from Seattle back to Atlanta and I've gotten pretty good at comparing the two, but I'll try and comment on a few of the things not yet mentioned.

Rain: keep in mind that it's not all that exciting if your a thunderstorm fan. After ten years in Seattle I can count the number of "thunderstorms" on one hand and we're talking a clap or two and that's it.

Heat: what do you define as "too hot" in Atlanta? Seattle has yet to get above 90 this summer. Fantastic to some, horrifying for others.

Diversity: Seattle has integrated or predominantly African American communities to choose from, but even then it's not as cut/dried like many of the eastern cities.

And my own contribution: no bugs, or at least not feeling like they are taking over, as I'm sure you know that by this time of the year the ants alone have colonized much of Atlanta and can be seen crawling over everything, even cash machines! Nor am I looking forward to Palmetto bugs and the soon to be arriving Killer Bees, UGH!

Feel free to message me with any specific questions. Good luck.
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:43 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Seattle could be a good fit for you. I would recommend the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It's a fun spot in Seattle. Portland is kind of cool but Seattle tends to be more popular. Baltimore is a great town. Baltimore is very underrated and very up and coming. You have plenty of options so now you should just try and narrow it down to two cities and then go visit both before making your decision.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:10 AM
 
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I've lived in the South, on the E. Coast, in the Midwest and am now in Seattle. The weather wags are exaggerating, and in Seattle, you're mostly "giving up" heavy rain, roaches, mosquitoes, gun nuts, rednecks, bigotry, the Religious Wrong, tourist traps, billboard bombardment...color me bereft...NOT.
There is more initial reticence here, but over the last year, plenty of people have chatted w/ me who didn't have to. If Baltimore vs. Seattle is the current comparison, there is more of a black vs. white boundary thing going on in Baltimore and I couldn't consider downtown as safe at night there, though there are great cultural resources. The weather differences speak for themselves.
If we are comparing central cores, Seattle has done a lot of redevelopment that Baltimore is still in the midst of (which could be good or bad from your perspective), and there are more walkable/browsable/dinable miles here next to each other overall for that reason. This is also a more pedestrian/runner/bike/mass transit-centric city than Baltimore.
I think Seattle sounds right for you, but come and see!
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Issaquah WA
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I live in Charlotte now, relocating to Seattle. DON'T MOVE HERE! Native southerner, spend a ton of time in Atlanta as my dad lives there and have tons of family there. Charlotte is like Atlanta without all the arts, culture, and vibrancy. We drive 2-4 hours to see a show - we're actually headed to ATL in two weeks for one after nothing for almost a year.
In the last year I spent a week out in Seattle in August, November, and January. I still can't get over the fact that we went for a half-day hike in the middle of August and no one died from heat exhaustion. It was actually incredibly pleasant. there were no bugs or snakes either.
there's a ton of commentary on here about people staying indoors all the time, but they seem to do that here too, just year-round. Seattle's weather has been very consistently mild every time I've gone. In January it was 2 days after the big ice/snow storm - still snow on the ground, but so much warmer and milder than Charlotte. I took my heavy winter coat, expecting rain/cold/misery, and ended up walking around in a long-sleeved tshirt most of the time. Never needed the coat, and I'm always always cold.
granted, I'm a designer and spend all my days inside attached to a computer, so I think I'm a little less sensitive to it and maybe a little too thrilled at the prospect of comfortably going outside most of the year. I'm also an introvert, but have found the people in Seattle to be similar to NYC. If they're friendly, they're genuinely very friendly. If they're not they're not. I love that, some people hate it. I'm not a fan of the fake veneer of friendly you get here, many people love it. I've spent most of my time exploring and basically wandering around, and have yet to encounter blatant unfriendliness or walked away thinking someone was rude. I'm sure it's there, but where is it not?
it's all relative. weather everywhere has issues, I guess it just depends on what bugs you the most. I've been watching the venue sites to see what shows come around, and am so, so excited at what's in store there!
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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I am a 32 year old, African American woman currently living in Atlanta and I need a change. I moved here a few years ago for my job, and now I can work anywhere in the US as my job is a work at home job. I need a change of scenery and need something fresh in my life.

More about me: I am single, love to walk and hike. I enjoy the theater (plays, musicals, opera, ballet, etc), music and movies. Full time I am in the IT field. Part time, I am a yoga teacher. I teach yoga because I love it so much, not for the money. I also into fitness and do yoga myself 4 days a week. I am looking for a place with mild temperatures, nice walkable areas (parks, trails, hiking) good yoga studios, organic food, nice people and lots of culture. I love to travel and want to live near the airport and also near places to drive to for weekend getaways. I love the mountains and the ocean. I am also looking to settle down and I date interracially. My budget is around $1200 for an apartment in a nice neighborhood (with room for my home office). I would prefer to live around other like minded, educated people. I can get along with all races, ages, and cultures, just as long as they are nice and civil

Atlanta weather is hot and sunny, but too hot for my taste. I don't want cold and snow (I grew up in the midwest and don't miss the weather) .... and I would be OK with Seattle cloudiness and rain..... Would Seattle be the best place for me or maybe somewhere on the East Coast (Maryland or DC)?

I would like to live on the West Coast (California is too expensive and I don't really like the vibe of Cali). So, based on all of this, would Seattle fit for me?
Yes, absolutely, you & Seattle would be a good fit.
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