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Old 10-06-2015, 06:46 PM
 
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I can't really say anything about Denver, but my husband and I recently moved from Michigan to Seattle and we love it. It's quite an adjustment, because we moved from a small area, but so far the weather has been really lovely. A lot of locals have told us that the summer was really unusual, and the leaves are starting to fall, but it's still warm here.

Where we came from we have freezing temps and several feet of snow for at least 5 months of the year with a month on each side of dreary wet, windy weather.

So far the biggest adjustment has been driving--I'm still scared to drive in the traffic, but eventually I'm going to have to suck it up and get used to it.

I say Seattle is fantastic! We moved here without jobs and my husband is on a 3 month IT contract and I have a full-time office job after only a month of job searching and we found an apartment about two and a half weeks after arriving. Just be sure to have some money saved up--we are paying $1200 for a small one bedroom apartment in North Seattle, so be prepared for your expenses to be somewhat higher than you're used to in Michigan. Good luck no matter where you choose!
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:38 PM
 
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Hi there. I've lived in both Denver and Seattle. If you don't like winter/snow - choose Seattle. Below I'll list things I like/dislike about both cities.

Dislikes:
Both have high rate of property crime. Don't leave stuff on a front porch or in your car.
Denver is very hot in the summer. The sun is no joke and things melt if left in the car or window.
Denver altitude is rough. I never acclimated and was always out of breath.
Denver is quite brown in most places.
Seattle is very muggy and humid. It can be quite uncomfortable.
Seattle hiking is rough because it's hard to escape large crowds.
Seattle traffic is much worse and the infrastructure for roads and transit seems to be lacking.
Most places in Seattle don't have air conditioning.
Seattle is very populated. It's hard to escape construction cranes and massive apartment complexes.
Seattle doesn't have interesting architecture and Denver doesn't really either.
Denver is far from the ocean.

Likes:
Both places have gorgeous mountains.
Both places have beautiful hikes.
Denver hikers in my experience were more courteous to others on the trail.
Denver roads are more spread out and thus a bit easier to navigate and less traffic.
Denver has snow and a "true" winter.
I personally enjoyed beer selection way better in Denver.
Denver people are far more friendly.
Seattle has way more green scenery and gorgeous fog that rolls in.
Seattle has better fall colors and volcanoes!
Seattle has a rain forest nearby and the ocean.
In Seattle you are very close to a number of places for short trips. Denver is far from everything.
Both places have good food options in my opinion.
Seattle has a nice landscape with lots of hills/mountains etc. Not any flat parts. Lots of lakes too.
Both places have a healthy mindset and culture.
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:23 PM
 
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Biggest differences:

1. Denver has a lot more sunshine in the Winter.
2. As a whole, people in Seattle are a lot more liberal and less into organized religion than in Denver.
3. Hiking is different. In Colorado it seemed like it was all about climbing as many 14,000 feet mountains so there were hardly any trees - more barren but incredible views. In Seattle, I'm hiking in forests with beautiful evergreens and sometimes views of the Sound.
4. Seattle has beaches/Puget Sound/ Lake Washington for kayaking and strolling along.
5. Skiing/snowboarding is better in Colorado.

I think you'd be lucky to live in either one
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