Moving from Seattle, WA to Irvine, CA

Exchange the cloudy Pacific Northwest for the sunny side of life in Orange County 

As you probably expect, big changes are in store when you move to Irvine, CA from Seattle, WA. The good news? Life in this sunny Orange County suburb of 265,500 people compares favorably to the larger Emerald City, even if the two look and feel completely different. We’ll tell you why, as well as introduce you to a company that specializes in simplifying long-distance moves like yours. 

Stash your rain gear – here comes the sun! 

Irvine has a mild climate and gets only about 14 inches of rainfall each year, compared to Seattle’s average of 38. Irvine also has calmer winters than Seattle with moderately warm summers that typically top out below 90 degrees. 

Concerned about missing the natural beauty of Seattle? Recent advances in irrigation and city watering have turned Irvine into the one of America’s greenest cities. That means you’ll have more opportunities year-round to explore Irvine’s beautiful parks, bikeways and other open spaces. 

While tech drives Seattle, education and health care jobs lead the Irvine market 

While Seattle has a more robust and diverse economy driven by tech-centered companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing, Irvine’s largest employers are in the education and health care sectors. They include the University of California, Irvine, Kaiser Permanente and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, which account for more than 40,000 combined jobs. 

Don’t expect a break on costs going from Seattle to Irvine 

Seattle is one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. and Irvine ranks slightly ahead. The median home cost in Irvine is 20 percent higher than Seattle’s and the overall cost of living is almost 10 percent greater. 

Irvine and Seattle place a premium on education 

Moving with kids or looking at higher education options for yourself? Like Seattle, Irvine gets high praise for its educational institutions. The city’s public schools recently ranked fifth in the nation and UC Irvine is rated as one of the nation’s top public universities. 

Get from Seattle to Irvine the easy way with U-Pack

Looking for the best option to move you from Seattle to Irvine? Consider U-Pack®. Our coverage area includes both cities, so we’re uniquely qualified to handle your long-distance move! Learn more by getting a free quote today.