Living in Seattle
It's the birthplace of Starbucks®, home to the iconic salmon-slinging fish mongers of Pike Place Market, and a cultural beacon of the Pacific Northwest. Welcome to Seattle, Washington! Whether you're a current resident of the city or are looking to experience it for the first time, you'll find that Seattle never ceases to amaze you with new restaurants, interesting sites, and exciting festivals.
As the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Seattle is known for many things, including its floating bridges, underground cities, hidden stairways, plethora of roundabouts, and being the birthplace of grunge music.
Seattle residents enjoy the best culture that city life offers, and all against the stunning backdrop of Mount Rainier, a 14,000 ft. volcano that's visible from almost anywhere in downtown Seattle! Forests, water, and mountains are never too far off either. Downtown Seattle sits on a hilly strip of land nestled between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Orcas, seals, and waterfowl can often be spotted on early morning ferry rides and from the pier near Pike Place Market.
Renting an Apartment in Seattle
At 51 percent above the national average, Seattle housing costs tend to be higher than many people expect (unless you're moving from a city like New York or San Francisco).
Apartments in Seattle rent for an average of $2,191, with 1-bedroom apartments renting for approximately $2,005 per month and 2-bedroom apartments renting for about $2,802 (as of June 2016).
The priciest neighborhoods for renters in Seattle include Downtown, Loyal Heights, and South Lake Union. The most affordable neighborhoods for apartment dwellers are Pinehurst, Brighton, and Victory Heights.
Moving to Seattle
Are you packing your bags and boxes for Seattle? You're not the only one. Seattle's intoxicating culture and booming tech scene are drawing new residents from near and far. What's more, the city is attracting more than young professionals looking to launch their careers at tech titans like Microsoft, Amazon, Adobe, Google, and Boeing. Retirees are flocking to the "Emerald City" as well. Seattle was voted America's #1 best city for a healthy retirement and the second best city for seniors.
Job growth in Washington is promising. While national employment and wages increased by 2.1 percent year-over-year in the last quarter of 2015, employment in Washington grew by an astonishing 3.7 percent. Industries like construction, information technology, leisure, and hospitality were responsible for much of this hiring. Outside of Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond are also popular areas to work. With a mere twenty to thirty minute commute between Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle, it is easy to live in Seattle and work in other areas.
Got your rain poncho? You're going to need it! Search for recently listed apartments in Seattle below and don't forget to mention ApartmentSearch when you move in--you could be eligible for up to $200 in rewards!