Moving from Seattle, WA to Tucson, AZ

Exiting the Emerald City and settling down in Old Pueblo  

Though Seattle and Tucson are both considered part of the American West, the two cities share little else in common. The obvious differences: Seattle is cool and damp, Tucson is hot and dry, and they’re 1,500 miles apart. 

But what else is important to know when relocating from the Pacific Northwest to Southern Arizona? Here are some things to consider — including a great option for an efficient, affordable and stress-free move. 

Just how radically different IS the weather? 

On any given day in Seattle, there’s less than a 50% chance for sunshine. In Tucson, it jumps up to 80 percent, adding up to almost 4,000 hours of sunshine each year! Say goodbye to any chance of seasonal affective disorder in your new home. 

Then, there’s the climate. Tucson, located in a desert, sees only about 11 inches of rain annually. That’s a far cry from Seattle (37 inches). It’s also warmer on average in Tucson (83 degrees) than Seattle (60 degrees). 

Tucson is far more affordable than Seattle 

As you know, living in a hub of technology and culture like Seattle comes with a steep price. However, moving will likely save you money. The median housing cost in Tucson ($215,000) is less than one-third that of Seattle’s ($715,000) and for overall cost of living, Tucson is about 47% less than Seattle. 

Tucson’s growth and economic diversity rivals Seattle 

Companies like Amazon, Zillow and Microsoft provide top technology jobs in Seattle, but you don’t have to be a tech professional to strike gold in the Arizona desert. Some of Tucson’s largest employers are the University of Arizona, defense contractor Raytheon and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The leisure and hospitality sectors also provide solid job opportunities in Tucson.  

Be aware, though, that a lower average annual salary (about $18,000 below Seattle’s) accompanies Tucson’s lower cost of living. 

What excites you about Seattle? Explore and find your passions in Tucson 

While Seattle is known for its fresh seafood, coffee and music scene set against a backdrop of majestic mountains, Tucson is rich in western U.S. history and is the nation’s only city surrounded by the spectacular Sonoran Desert. Tucson tallies points for pristine golf courses, hiking trails, art galleries, nightlife and delectable authentic Mexican food. How good is the food, you ask? UNESCO recognized Tucson as a City of Gastronomy, so bring your appetite! 

Moving from Seattle to Tucson is simple with U-Pack

With U-Pack®, an affordable alternative to full-service movers, you just pack and load your belongings and we’ll do the driving. Then, reunite with your stuff at your new home. 

It’s really that easy! Check out our coverage map for a service center near you and get a free quote from one of our experienced moving consultants.