Imagine what life would be like if you retire in Seattle. Cool days with a light jacket. Not too hot, rarely too cold. Whether you are from the southern states escaping the summer heat or just want a mild climate all year long, the Seattle area just might be for you. We easily found a 2 bedroom condo for $900 a month in Lake City, about 2 miles northwest of Seattle Center. Lake city is on a major bus route, north of the University of Washington and all it offers, close to Northgate Mall and I-5 is nearby. The Seattle airport is about 20 miles south and there is a plenty of healthcare in the neighborhood. The crime rate is well below that of south Seattle neighborhoods. There are 2 million people in the Seattle area and 12.3% are over 65. And Washington has no income tax!
Yes, it does rain – Seattle gets about 37 inches a year, but that’s far less than Atlanta or even New York City. The weather is considered coastal, foggy and cooler in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. The average high is 82 in the summer and the average low is 38 in the winter with about 6-8 inches of snow for the whole year.
Seattle is know for its coffee and high tech businesses – Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing. And for its friendly people. Don’t be surprised if people strike up a conversation in a coffee shop or at a bus stop. Seattle people love to chat! Neighborhoods are generally pretty tight – meaning the neighbors know each other and offer a greeting.
Seattle has no hurricanes. No tornadoes. It floods twice a day when the tide comes in and goes out. No droughts. No blizzards to speak of. Few earthquakes. It does have lots of things to do, great shopping, a huge arts scene, some quirky places – like the Troll under the Freemont Bridge. There is the Space Needle and the Pacific Science Center, whale watching, and a huge biking community. You can find a bit of everything in Seattle, one of our favorite places in the northwest!