Moving from Washington, D.C. to Seattle, WA

Moving from Washington, D.C. to Seattle, WA
The Seattle landscape may not feature major historic structures like the U.S. capitol, the White House, or all of the historical monuments, but its skyline is most recognizable by the Space Needle. The city population between D.C. and Seattle are roughly the same (around 620,000), with the Greater Seattle metro area population extending to nearly 4 million residents.

The cost-of-living in Washington, D.C. is among the highest in the United States. Moving to Seattle, you can expect housing costs to be much lower in comparison, but health care costs will likely be higher. The top employment sectors are in aerospace, information technology, and tourism. The Port of Seattle is a major trade-hub with Asia and Canada, and a departure point for cruises to Alaska.

Planning a move from Washington, D.C. to Seattle, WA:
Unless you prefer a week-long trip across the country, the shortest route when moving from Washginton, D.C. to Seattle is by air, arriving at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. By road, the trip is nearly 2,800 miles, and would take 40 hours of driving.

The weather in Seattle, WA
You might think of Seattle as the rainy city, and you wouldn't be wrong. It generally rains 150 days out of the year, which amounts to having a wet, rainy day about 40% of the time, so stock up on a variety of umbrellas. However, that doesn't necessarily mean it's rainy all day on those days.

Despite the wet climate, the temperatures stay rather comfortable. The summer months average 75 degrees for the high with winter lows in the 30s. Even with its northern location, snow is fairly rare with an annual average of 5 inches.

Getting Around in Seattle
Most people don't drive in D.C. if they can help it. Parking is a hassle and traffic is congested and confusing, and driving ends up being more costly than it's worth. If that's how you feel too, it's probably best to also avoid driving in Seattle – at least until you're more familiar with the city. But by then, you will probably find it too convenient to take advantage of the various forms of public transportation – bus, rail, walking, biking, and ferry – to bother with driving your own personal vehicle. If you already know your future address, you can start planning the best commute now.

Getting an education in Seattle
Seattle has been called one of the most educated cities in the U.S., which is probably due to the city's high percentage of college and university graduates among its residents. There are a large number of higher education institutions in the area. The University of Washington is the major public university, with more than 46,000 students, and it is also the largest employer within the city. However, the Seattle Community College operates four campuses across the city and enrolls 50,000 additional students combined. The Art Institute of Seattle and DigiPen Institute of Technology offers more specialized education in design and culinary arts, and game design and computer science. Seattle Public Schools enroll more than 47,000 students. If you are interested in selecting a private school, there are over 100 in Seattle with over 21,000 students attending.

Stuff to Do in Seattle
Pike Place Market, known for throwing its fish around, is a great place to buy fresh seafood, fruits, and vegetables. Visit the Tasting Room to sample wine from seven state wineries. The Chinatown International District is another great area to check out, which hosts special festivals, has great food, and even a fortune cookie factory.

Besides the many cultural attractions in Seattle – Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle Children's Museum, Seattle Center and many more – there are also great places outside the city to explore.

Once you move from Washington, D.C. to Seattle, you can enjoy the great outdoors by going skiing or snowboarding at Mount Rainier. Take the ferry to Bainbridge Island for a perfect view of the Seattle skyline. For a true Pacific Northwest experience, visit the San Juan Islands for whale watching, kayaking, and support its local shops and restaurants. For something a bit more unique, visit nearby Tacoma and the Museum of Glass.

Whatever has you moving from D.C. to Seattle, you are going to love it here!

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