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Old 10-27-2013, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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As I've been researching cities looking for where to move in the next few years, Seattle always presents itself as great option. The one thing that I can't get past though is how I hear that it is depressing. Many say it's because of the overcast/drizzly weather but I have a hard time believing this is the sole cause. It also seems like it is made out to be a much more depressed place than it really is. Anybody have any thoughts on this?
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:09 PM
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Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I suppose one could do a pretty good analysis of that issue by getting data about those that have done it. I have my own theory. The population is over 60% from other states or countries. Many come here without a job, with dreams of becoming the next Bill Gates. In addition, we have a huge economic disparity, with plenty of millionaires but also large numbers of homeless and everything in between. It has to be hard for someone struggling to make a living to see people driving by in a Lamborghini, or to wait for a big yacht to go by while the 520 bridge is up and they are taking the bus to the unemployment office.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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When I first moved to Downtown Seattle for college, I spent a lot of nights by myself. Add in the rain/cloudy weather, you start to feel very isolated and a bit depressed. Seattle is an easy city to jump into and do your own thing without anyone ever noticing you, just hop onto any KC metro bus and you will see everyone in their own world with earbuds to ignore others. It's one of the things I love and hate about Seattle. I'm not sure if others experience the same thing but this is what I experienced.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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I agree with above. Seattle wouldn't have always worked for me... especially in my early 20's when I wasn't very confident on my own or assertive. It's fabulous in my mid-30's though. I think there will be other times in my life when I need more social relationships (as I get to be a senior) but right now it's perfect. I don't have the patience for people and I"m really just happy working on my own stuff. But I realize this stage also won't last forever, and maybe so too will be my love for the PNW.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Issaquah WA
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IMO it's much more the isolation than the weather. I love it here, the weather doesn't bother me and I'm a major introvert...but the isolation and high percentage of snotty people still get to me sometimes.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:01 PM
 
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Why is Seattle said to have a high rate of suicide and depression? Because people keep repeating it, even though it's not true. From what I remember, Seattle is actually below the US average when it comes to suicide.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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Seattle traditionally has one of the lower rates of suicide on the west coast.

Las Vegas almost always tops the list with the highest rates.

The reason Seattle has the reputation is Kurt Cobain. One high profile suicide has given this area a false negative reputation.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:14 PM
 
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Why is Seattle said to have a high rate of suicide and depression? Because people keep repeating it, even though it's not true. From what I remember, Seattle is actually below the US average when it comes to suicide.
Exactly!


Many of you locals need to look at the #s and stop believing the B.S. myths. Do it before you vote too.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:49 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Seattle traditionally has one of the lower rates of suicide on the west coast.

Las Vegas almost always tops the list with the highest rates.

The reason Seattle has the reputation is Kurt Cobain. One high profile suicide has given this area a false negative reputation.
^This If I lived in Vegas, death might seem a better alternative for me too.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:57 PM
 
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IMO it's much more the isolation than the weather. I love it here, the weather doesn't bother me and I'm a major introvert...but the isolation and high percentage of snotty people still get to me sometimes.
Isolation from what? I can't imagine what we are isolated from. Can you explain more for me?
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