Washington is known for its dynamic mountain ranges, and it’s bubbling economy. While we’re immensely proud of these two things, we also know there’s so much more to our state.
From our relaxed weather patterns to world-class third-level education, Washington offers all its residents the chance to build the life they want with the opportunity of something new never far away.
Why move to Washington State? We can think of ten good reasons.
10 Reasons to Move to Washington State
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Still looking for a reason to move to Washington state? We have ten.
1. Jobs As Far As The Eye Can See
Washington offers refuge to some of the nation’s and world’s biggest companies. Microsoft and Amazon have at least one office here and collectively employ over 60,000 people just on their own.
And they aren’t the region’s biggest employers.
If you’re not interested in tech or working for a multi-national corporation, there’s plenty of other options. Boeing, while taciturn, employes 80,000 people in the area.
The military also has a massive presence in Washington at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is south of Tacoma. JBLM employs 56,000 people. You don’t need to enlist to get involved: there are plenty of civilian jobs both on and off-base.
2. Focus on the Environment
Love the environment and want to live in a like-minded place? Washington is your scene.
Areas like Bellingham also score some of the best air quality in the country.
3. Three Words: No Income Tax
Washington is one of seven states without income taxes.
Go ahead. Keep more money in your pocket every month. April has never looked so easy.
4. Excellent Third-Level Education
The University of Washington is a highly-ranked public institution that attracts both in-state students and those from further afield. Want to escape Seattle? Head east to Washington State University, another high-quality research institution with a large student body.
Education here isn’t just world-class: the government is mindful of its cost. Back in 2015, the state government slashed tuition for four-year colleges by 15-20%, making college more accessible for all.
5. Multiple Localities to Consider
So many states offer one epicenter, and other metropolitan locations play second fiddle. Washington isn’t one of them.
Yes, 60 percent of state residents call the Puget Sound area home, but Seattle and its surrounding area aren’t your only options.
With a base on the west coast, you can find yourself a world away for a weekend without having to leave the state.
Olympia is one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the country and has been for four years running. Spokane also boasts a diverse economy and high-level institutions.
Bellevue is one for households that make six-figure incomes who want to live near Seattle but not in it. The city also joins Olympia on one of the best places to live in the country.
Bellingham shares a border with Canada, so it collects Canadian shoppers’ money (and sales tax). Tacoma offers employment opportunities and no less than seven highways for commuting for work or fun.
6. Bring Your Whole Family Everywhere
You’ve packed everyone in the car for a fun day out – but did you bring your dog?
Seattle is one of the – if not the – most pet-friendly cities in the entire country.
Seattle allows dogs on public transport. Hotels in the state love dogs and even offer pet sitting services. Also, you’ll enjoy plenty of parks and outdoor excursions that naturally allow dogs. Even restaurants are in on the action, but be sure to call before you arrive to check the most up-to-date policy.
Places to check out include:
- Bark! Espresso
- Norm’s Eatery and Ale House
- Discovery Park
- Blake Island State Park
- Marymoor Park and Off-Leash Area (Redmond)
Don’t forget to take them on weekend trips to Victoria, Vancouver, Portland, and the San Juan Islands!
7. Get the Weather You Want
What’s more diverse than Washington’s economy? Its weather.
Washington offers a climate of contrasts. Yes, it rains regularly, but Seattle ranks 444th in annual rainfall. You’ll get wetter in Miami!
Western Washington offers a mild climate with 80 degree summer days and 45 degree days during the winter. Snow is a rare (but beautiful) occurrence, and temperatures do drop at night.
The Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains do much of the heavy lifting in moderating the west’s climate. It may be cloudy, but you’ll get more rain in the mid-winter months than you will in July and August.
In the east, the Cascades swallow up the rain but let the snow settle. While Seattle or Tacoma rarely see flakes, Eastern Washington enjoys 200 inches a year. In contrast to the clouds of the west, the east also gest 300 days of sunshine per year.
Temperatures reach greater extremes in the east with summer days reaching the upper 80s and 90s and the inter dropping from 32 degrees to 0.
8. Incredible State Parks on Your Door Step
Make staycations as exciting as the most exotic international destinations by visiting one of the states stunning national and state parks.
Head to the mountains in:
- Olympic National Park
- North Cascades National Park
- Mount Ranier National Park
Visit the sea at:
- Cape Disappointment state park
- Discovery Park
- The San Juan Islands national monument
Before you book flights further afield, remember, there’s always more to explore in Washington.
9. Seattle Does Things Bigger and Better Than Portland
Is Washington more expensive than Portland? Yes, for some Portland is around 10 percent cheaper.
Portland may be homely, but what Washington – and Seattle – does, it does to perfection.
Want a cup of coffee? You’ll have no end of amazing choices. Love Asian food? Whether you’re a pho fanatic or you rave about ramen, Seattle residents remain spoiled for choice.
Washington has some of the best public transport in the country, and we make use of every avenue available – even the waterways.
10. You’re 29 Times More Likely to Be Bitten by a Shark in Oregon
The number of shark attacks on the Oregon coast is 29. How many sharks have attacked people in Washington state? We’re still waiting for our first.
Move To Washington
Washington is the place to be. With one eye always on building a bright future, the state will remain inviting for years to come. So, if you are planning to move to Washington state, this post covers some of the reasons why the state is great.
Are you looking to buy or sell in the Kirkland or Puget Sound area? Contact us to learn how we can help find your next home in Washington.