Moving from New York City to Seattle
You have decided to make the journey from the east coast to the west coast and relocate from New York City to Seattle. While you will certainly be faced with a change of lifestyle, you will also be met with incredible views and delicious coffee! Seattle has plenty to offer its residents including a thriving tech scene, stunning natural beauty, loads of outdoor activities, and close proximity to incredible locations which can explain why the city has seen more than 100,000 new residents in the past 15 years! If you have decided to trade in the Big Apple for the Emerald City, here are a few things you should know about the city as well as tips for relocating.
Benefits of Moving from New York City to Seattle
Although the city proudly hosts more coffee shops per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., Seattle is more than just great coffee. The incredible scenery, proximity to nature, and laid-back lifestyle are enough to draw thousands of new residents every year. Seattlelites love the city’s chill vibe, outdoor paradise, and easy weekend getaways.
It’s no secret that Seattle is one of the most popular locations for technology entrepreneurs looking to start their own business. This is thanks to the tech giant, Microsoft, choosing Seattle as a home base back in the 80’s. Over the years the city has grown to attract more than just tech companies, it is home to some of the top industries in Washington state such as software, aerospace, forestry and wood, tourism, agriculture, and food. Seattle is also the headquarters for multiple Fortune 500 companies including Costco, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Expedia, and Alaska Airlines among others.
Seattle’s location puts it right between the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges and along the coast of Puget Sound and Lake Washington so there is literally natural beauty everywhere you look. Seattleites can catch catch a glimpse of Mount Rainier, the region’s tallest mountain, as it presents an incredible backdrop for the city skyline. They can also take in scenic water views of Lake Washington and Puget Sound. Anyone moving from NYC will be in awe of the city’s greenery and incredibly large fir trees that dot the landscape. In fact, this is how Seattle earned its nickname, “The Emerald City.”
Cost of Living
It’s not exactly considered an affordable city, but in comparison to NYC, Seattle comes out ahead. The median rent in Seattle is $1949 while it is $2495 in New York City. The median sales price in Seattle is $702,000 but it is a whopping $1,000,000 in New York City. In addition to cheaper housing, Washington State does not have a state income tax, so this leaves more money in your pocket!
The Seattle school district is the largest in the state and is also ranked as one of the best. The city is also home to great higher education opportunities. There are three universities and several colleges located in Seattle including The University of Washington.
Coffee Capital of the U.S.
Americans love coffee, but Seattleites consume more coffee than any other city in the country. The city is home to Starbucks which has 104 locations within the city. Aside from Starbucks, there are a number of smaller chains and independent coffee shops located on just about every corner. Needless to say, you won’t have to travel far to get your caffeine fix.
Environmentally and Dog Friendly
Seattleites care about the environment. Most grocery stores only provide reusable bags and recycling is highly promoted throughout the city. Seattleites are also crazy about their dogs. In fact, this city loves dogs so much that some companies even allow their employees to bring their dogs with them to work! The city is also full of dog parks and dog friendly eateries so you can enjoy spending plenty of time with your furry friend.
So Many Things to Do
There is one thing you can count on and it’s that people living in Seattle will never run out of things to do! The city is filled with parks and green spaces so there are plenty of places to play with the kids (and the dogs of course). Seattle is also designed for both commuter and recreational biking and walking. Of course the city has plenty of “touristy” attractions to check out such as the Space Needle, Seattle Center, The Seattle Children’s Museum, and the city’s iconic waterfront Pike Place Market among many others. They are also home to professional sports teams including the Seahawks, Mariners, Thunderbirds, and Sounders so you can easily cheer on the local team.
Seattle is an outdoor lover’s paradise given that it is located within close proximity to so many outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, skiing, swimming, climbing, cycling, kayaking, sailing, and more. Washington State is home to 3 national parks and the most impressive of all is Mount Rainier National Park which is located less than two hours from Seattle. You are also just a short drive from North Cascades and Olympic National Park where you can ride on a ferry, go skiing, check out the Snoqualmie Falls, or go fishing.
Cost of Moving from New York City to Seattle
Moving across the country can be costly so it’s important to understand this move will impact your budget. The average line haul cost to move from New York City to Seattle is $4,000-$12,000. The average cost to move with Allied is $3,900, however there are many variables that will determine the exact cost such as the exact distance of your move, number of items being moved, and additional services such as packing and unpacking. The best way to get an accurate quote is by using our Instaquote listed above.
How to Move from New York City to Seattle
If you have decided to make the cross country journey from NYC to Seattle then it’s important to start planning well in advance. There are a lot of challenges when moving such a long distance and you need to have a well executed plan in place to ensure your relocation is smooth and hassle free. That’s why it is important to hire a professional moving company that you can trust to help you navigate your long distance move. Allied has been moving customers like you for more than 90 years and our experienced team understands exactly what it takes to move long distances. We are here to help you every step of the way and promise to deliver convenient, efficient, and affordable moving services.
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