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Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA

Planning a move to Seattle

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of moving to Seattle? The Space Needle? Coffee? Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks? Whatever you think of, it’s sure to be good. The city is home to about 3.5 million people, making it the largest city in the state of Washington. Seattle offers its residents a certain type of living that you just can’t get anywhere else in America. Keep reading to learn what makes moving to Seattle a fantastic idea and how to find affordable Seattle moving companies to get you there.

Use this guide for moving to Seattle

Why moving to Seattle is a great idea

Mountain views. Southeast of Seattle lies Mount Rainier, referred to by Seattleites as “the Mountain.” It’s the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48, and its summit houses two active overlapping volcanic craters. When you’re not taking in the views on you daily commute, you can spend the weekend skiing, climbing, and hiking – it’s just a 3 hour drive away from downtown Seattle.

Coffee. If you love coffee, you’re going to love Seattle. Seattleites consume more coffee than any other city in America – yes, even more than New York City. There are more than 35 coffee shops per 100,000 residents, and it’s said that people spend about $36/month on coffee. Starbucks is the largest coffee retailer in the area, followed by Tully’s Coffee.

Music. People in Seattle love music. Did you know that Seattle was home to grunge music artists Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam? Macklemore, Jimi Hendrix, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Foo Fighters, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for cutie, Iron and Wine, and the Post Service also call Seattle home.

Sports. You can’t be a true Seattleite without being a Seahawks fan. And since the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, there’s no better time to jump on the bandwagon and get your blue, bright green, and silver gear.

Landmarks. Seattle is known for many special buildings. The Space Needle is the most recognizable. You will have seen it on Grey’s Anatomy, Frasier, Twilight, iCarly, and Sleepless in Seattle. Perhaps you have seen the iconic Pike’s Place Market on television, or the Seattle Great Wheel (the tallest ferris wheel on the west coast and the only one built over water!). The Seattle Central Library is also a unique building with over 11 stories of glass and steel coming together to create the interesting architecture.

Cool Weather. Seattle is known for mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Be sure and pack your umbrella or rain jacket because Seattle experiences about 150 days of precipitation, each year. However, the rainy rep is more about the frequency of the precipitation than the quantity. In terms of rainfall, Seattle isn’t even one of the top 10 rainiest cities in the country!

The Economy. Seattle’s economy is driven by a few key industries: Aerospace, Clean Technology, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Logistics and International Trade, Military, and Tourism. If you’re skilled in any of those industries, you should have no problem finding a job in Seattle. In fact, Seattle’s unemployment rate is at 5.3%, lower than the state’s overall unemployment rate of 7%.

Things to do. Seattle is full of fun things to do. Take a trip to the Woodland Park Zoo, the Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Olympic Sculpture Park, Safeco Field, Lake Union, the Columbia Tower, or the Seattle Art Museum. Check out this list of Seattle points of interest here.

Education. If you have school-aged children or are looking for higher education opportunities, Seattle is the mecca of all things learning. More than half of the city’s population holds a bachelor’s degree and the majority of residents have a high school diploma. For higher education, residents enroll at the University of Washington or smaller private universities like Seattle University or Seattle Pacific University. There are also several other community colleges in the area.

What’s the best way to move to Seattle?

Moving to Seattle with U-Pack Moving® is a smart idea. If you’ve gotten quotes from other Seattle moving companies, you might think moving to Seattle is expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. U-Pack offers DIY moving at a fraction of the cost typical Seattle movers charge. In fact, 78% of customers moved with U-Pack because of the price.

Here’s how moving to Seattle works with U-Pack:

With U-Pack, there are no hidden fees. And because we do the driving, there are no extra costs for fuel, taxes, tolls or insurance. And the best part is that you don’t have to drive an unpredictable rental truck. Our options are flexible and customizable to fit your every moving need.

Get a free moving quote and compare to other Seattle moving companies. We drive. You save.®

Helpful Seattle Moving Resources

Chamber of Commerce

City Website

Visitor Website

Station Address:
Address: 7226 S. 262 Street
Seattle, WA 98032
United States
Mailing Address: Po Box 971
Kent, WA 98035
United States
Phone Numbers:
Customer Service: (253) 854-0330
Fax: (253) 854-0343

If we are not able to provide door-to-door delivery to your city near Seattle, WA, you can save money by loading or unloading at the service center conveniently located in Seattle, WA. If you have questions about serviceability to your location, please call us at 800-240-7422, and a U-Pack Moving Consultant will gladly help.

Cities Served:
ACME, WAALDERWOOD MANOR, WAALGONA, WA
ALLYN, WAARROWHEAD, WAAUBURN, WA
AURORA VILLAGE, WABAINBRIDGE, WABAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA
BALLARD, WABARING, WABAYVIEW, WA
BEAUX ARTS, WABELLEVUE, WABLANCHARD, WA
BOTHELL, WABOULEVARD PARK, WABOW, WA
BRIER, WABROWNSTOWN, WABRYN MAWR, WA
BUENA, WABURIEN, WABURTON, WA
CAMANO CITY, WACAMANO ISLAND, WACARLYLE, WA
CARNATION, WACLE ELUM, WACLINTON, WA
CLYDE HILL, WACOALFIELD, WACONCONULLY, WA
CONCRETE, WACONIFER VIEW, WACOTTAGE LAKE, WA
COUPEVILLE, WACOVINGTON, WACRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WA
DARRINGTON, WADEER HARBOR, WADEMING, WA
DES MOINES, WADUMAS BAY, WADUVALL, WA
EAST AUBURN, WAEASTGATE, WAEASTON, WA
EAST SEATTLE, WAEASTSOUND, WAEDISON, WA
EDMONDS, WAENUMCLAW, WAESPERANCE, WA
FACTORIA, WAFALL CITY, WAFORT LAWTON, WA
FOUR CORNERS, WAFREELAND, WAFREEMAN, WA
FRIDAY HARBOR, WAGEORGETOWN, WAGOLD BAR, WA
GRANITE FALLS, WAGREENBANK, WAGREEN RIVER, WA
GREENWOOD, WAHAMILTON, WAHAZELWOOD, WA
HOBART, WAHOLLYWOOD, WAHUNTS POINT, WA
HYAK, WAINGLEWOOD, WAINTERBAY, WA
ISSAQUAH, WAJUANITA, WAKENMORE, WA
KENNARD CORNER, WAKENNYDALE, WAKENT, WA
KINGSGATE, WAKIRKLAND, WALAKE CHELAN NATL REC, WA
LAKE FOREST NORTH, WALAKE FOREST PARK, WALAKE STICKNEY, WA
LANGLEY, WALOWDEN, WALYMAN, WA
LYNNWOOD, WAMALAGA, WAMALOTT, WA
MAPLE FALLS, WAMAPLE VALLEY, WAMARBLEMOUNT, WA
MEADOWDALE, WAMEDINA, WAMERCER ISLAND, WA
METHOW, WAMIDWAY, WAMOORLANDS, WA
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WANACHES, WANEWCASTLE, WA
NEWPORT HILLS, WANORMANDY PARK, WANORTH BEND, WA
NORTHGATE, WANORTH HILL, WANORTH LYNNWOOD, WA
OLGA, WAORCAS, WAPACIFIC, WA
PONTIUS PARK, WAPORT GAMBLE, WAPRESTON, WA
QUEENSBOROUGH, WAQUEENSGATE, WARAVENSDALE, WA
REDMOND, WARENTON, WARETSIL, WA
RICHMOND BEACH, WARICHMOND HIGHLANDS, WARIVERSIDE, WA
RIVERTON, WARIVERTON HEIGHTS, WAROCHE HARBOR, WA
ROCKPORT, WAROSE HILL, WAROSLYN, WA
SAMISH, WASAMMAMISH, WASAN JUAN ISLAND, WA
SEAHURST, WASEA TAC, WASEATTLE, WA
SEATTLE HEIGHTS, WASHORELINE, WASILVANA, WA
SKYKOMISH, WASNOQUALMIE, WASOUTH CLE ELUM, WA
STANWOOD, WASTARTUP, WASULTAN, WA
SUN VILLAGE, WATOKELAND, WATOLT, WA
TOTEM LAKE, WATUKWILA, WAVASHON, WA
VASHON CENTER, WAWARM BEACH, WAWEST SEATTLE, WA
WHITE CENTER, WAWHITE PASS, WAWICKERSHAM, WA
WINSLOW, WAWOODINVILLE, WAWOODWAY, WA
YARROW POINT, WAZENITH, WA
Upcoming Holidays Observed:
Service may be curtailed. Contact local service center for details.