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Seattle’s Strong Job Market and Rich Culture Continues to Attract Americans

by Shannon Steinberg on Oct 1, 2021

Seattle, WA is located in the Pacific Northwest, a magical spot drenched in misty rain half the year, mild summers and an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Seattle is now listed as the 19th best place to live in the United States, according to new rankings released by U.S. News & World Report, and is a hot destination for consumer moves in 2021. Backed by huge tech companies that made their home during the early 2000s dotcom boom, the job market remains extremely stable for those in technology and continues to be great for families.

Founded over 4,000 years ago by Native Americans, Seattle officially became a pioneer city in 1851. The city began as a logging town, was part of the route to the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska, and later became a major gateway for trade with northern Asia. Seattle is still the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling. Seattle’s strong job market continues to attract Americans with tech giants, retailer corporate offices and aerospace companies looking to hire. 

If it’s always in the top 20 most expensive cities to live in, why is Seattle such a desired city to relocate to? Aside from affordability, work life balance for residents is very important. Seattle’s rich culture is a huge draw, boasting a diverse population and historic downtown. Known as an international destination for working professionals and college students, the median age is 35 years old. Other benefits to living in Seattle include:

  • Walk the waterfront pier boardwalk filled with restaurants, museums, the Seattle Aquarium, hotels and a short walk up the hill to downtown.
  • Home to grunge, you can enjoy Seattle’s rich music scene -- including all genres.
  • Tour the Pike Place Market and surrounding shops for one of the biggest outdoor markets in the United States.
  • Ride to the top of the Space Needle and see panoramic views of the city, Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier.
  • Go to a Seattle Seahawks or Founders FC game in the award-winning Lumen Field.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy year-round hiking, skiing, mountain biking and sailing in the surrounding waterways and mountains.
Located between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle’s population is 769,500 people and rising, with an increase of about 8,400 people year over year. The median household income is $102,486 annually and the average home sale price is $799,000 according to Redfin.
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