The Pacific Northwest has become a popular destination for many Americans. The natural beauty and the special culture that make up Seattle might be why the city is a popular travel and relocation destination. Or could it be because its home to the largest houseboat people in the entire world and everyone wants to feel like a pirate? Just kidding about the pirate part! However, the fact remains that it is now the 3rd fastest growing city in the USA with a steady incline of 15,000 new residents moving here each year (for the last 4 consecutive years)
Here are a couple of interesting facts that everyone should know before going to Seattle. Seattle gets a bad rap as a city that is constantly rained out. This isn’t really true, as New York City and Boston get more real rainfall per year by quite a lot.
2. The grey is a true thing. Its been said the misty/fog that’s so often in the air makes it like a noir movie. So although it might not really be raining, it is a rather wet city. It’s the Fourth Safest City in America. That’s right, crime is so low that locals will tell you that if you jaywalk you’ll get a ticket and a fine because the police have less to do in regard to crime than other towns.
4. Honking is considered a kind of noise pollution. Seattle dwellers will not honk unless it’s actually to prevent real danger or an collision. Aside from that locals will have the ability to point out a tourist if they are honking their horns constantly.
5. Fashion is very relaxed but everyone is kind of judging your coat. Because of the tech industry and the constant mist, most people in Seattle do not mind dressing a little more casual. The 1 thing that most people will comment or compliment you on is your taste in outdoor wear. Heal REI, Northface and Moncler as the Channel of Seattle and Pacific Northwest couture.
6. Most people will say they don’t like Starbucks and favor local coffee, but being where Starbucks was’born’ there are more of them per capita than any other city. So someone must be going to them…
7. Seattle has been called dog Disneyland as they boast so many off leash parks and it looks like almost everybody has a dog. Seattle has so many beautiful outdoor adventure hikes and parks both in and just outside the city it’s a perfect location for a 4-legged friend.
8. The space needle may have drawn attention from locals when it was constructed in just 400 days for the 1962 Worlds Fair but nowadays just tourists stop to stare… so in case you would like to fit in your new home don’t be caught gazing up for too long.