Let me start by saying that Seattle has great natural beauty. Unfortunately, you will only get to see it 2 months out of the year because it rains 9/10 months a year, and the natural beauty does not redeem the awful parts of this soul sucking city. I moved here in 2013, it is now 2018 and living here has left me drained, bitter broken (broke) and exhausted.I am planning to move away or as I say, escape the cesspool. It is not a city as much as it is a cesspool.1. Since 2013 I have seen housing prices rise at inhumane and cruel rates. There are actual tent cities, like ones seen during the Great Depression, with homeless encampments everywhere. You will see encampments all over the city. Lower and middle incomers live on the edge of homelessness everyday. The state of the affordable housing is also shameful and dangerous. I had toxic mold in my apt and a massive leak in another apt I rented which also had mold hiding behind the walls. This all happened in the span of 4 yrs. Slumlords run rampant here. If you can actually afford an $800k shack, I urge you to get a proper professional mold test before you buy a house here and also if you plan to rent. 2. The culture of this place is rudeness, unfriendliness, passive aggressiveness and entitled attitudes. The powers that be also love deciding whatbis best for you, a free citizen. The people here will never be straight-up honest with you. Queue passive aggression and disingenuousness. People who move here, us transplants, are frozen out by the ‘Seattle Freeze’. I don’t get it. People never ever make any kind of eye contact either, it’s creepy af. Again, I don’t get it and I’m actually glad that I don’t bc I never want to be/act like these inabitants. The people here are cold and sad. It seems like they care more about their dogs than actual people. 3. though they have lots of trees here, the air quality here is terrible year round. Especially in the summer, the only time it doesnt rain. 4. I prepared myself for the weather when I moved here and if it was the only flaw of Seattle, could deal with it, but it’s on a long list of difficult things to deal with here. It rains 9/10 months a year with only 152 days of sun a year. Sometimes you will see a rainbow though, which again, doesn’t make up for the hell one will go through living here.5. Traffic has gotten exponentially worse since I arrived in 2013. And it will continue as 1000 people a week make the mistake of moving here.6. Seattle never plans anything properly. I don’t get this either but the Monorail is a classic example of their ‘meh’ attitude on doing anything properly. They do everything half as*ed here. You’ll see, but I hope not bc it’s infuriating. The extension of the transit system is about 60yrs too late. I read the reason Seattle turned down $ from the Federal Grant system for transit in the 60’s was because they didn’t want to encourage people to move here. WOW.7. Every tourist site you should see here (like Rainier) can be done in about a week so don’t move here if you plan on having loads of activities to do because it is raining most of the year and it’s not fun in the rain. Every time I try to venture out, putting a brave face on to deal with the cold people here, I am disappointed with the event because it is too hyped up and lack luster. Especially the music scene. 8. If you are single, you will be struggling to find genuine people, like I did. Also, you will find it is ridiculously hard to meet good friends here. I have never had this hard of a time anywhere else I’ve lived and I’ve lived in 4 different US states.After 4.5 years, I am planning my escape from this soul sucking place called Seattle. I hope my review helps someone else not make the same mistake I did by moving here. Seattle is an awful place.
I’ve been here for almost 5 years and I wish I’d left a lot sooner. I’m currently planning my escape from this cesspool. 1. The people are disinterested in any kind of human contact or connection. So much so they actually Freeze you out. It’s called the Seattle Freeze. The people are rude, u friendly, passive aggressive, judgemental, and have no interest in knowing you if you think for yourself.2. The cost of housing is actually inhumane and cruel and one of the buggest reasons Ia fleeing this horrible place. Thanks to Amazon for screwing up the city on that front by surging the rent and housing prices by maxing out residents bids. And when you find housing that is affordable, it probably has toxic mold in it, like the place rented to me. Slumlords are rampant here.3. The traffic has become more insane than California, to go 10 miles it takes an hour on a good day.4. The weather is something I prepared myself for and if that would be Seattle’s only flaw I’d deal w it. But it compounds everything else I mentioned. It rains 10 months a year and summer only exists for one month—august to sept. It rains so much, it is so depressing and with all the other problems it makes this place the worst place in the US to live, unless you have no soul, then this is the place for you.5. It is boring, don’t let them fool you, all the activities are just hyped up and I always find myself pretty disappointed after I find an event, especially the music scene. **Also, I’ve met very few good ppl here in 5 years.My advice: avoid this place like the plague and just let all the frigid ass locals have their cesspool of a city back so they can all be depressed together.
Sleepy Seattle has turned into a moldy hub. Whether it is UW handing over BS diplomas to foreign millennials parading in Maserati and Lotus around campus; the infrastructure falling apart; the cardboard constructions; the debt ridden populace; the slime bikes piling up as garbage on sidewalks; the $800,000 shack sold to naive newbies; the tent hub sprouting in your neighborhood; the druggies shooting themselves in your backyard; You came here with our rosy glasses. Now that you are indebted up to your neck, Alexa, the warehouse, or wholefoods owns you. there is no-where to turn, but to a tent or needle meet-up near you. Happy living in this moldy city.
As I said, everyone has their opinion, there experience sort of speak, and here is mine. I lived in Seattle for about 5 years, 2009-2011, and 2015-beginning 2018. When you first get there it looks nice, green with cloud cover, never hot and never really too cold. But that is where it ends. They have something called the "Seattle Freeze", essentially if they don't like you, as a city that is, they di think like a herd, they will freeze you out They wont talk to you and just ignore you like a little kid. Other than that, they have a very strong dislike to authority, police, law, etc. The streets are filled with homeless, I was actually chased by one down the street with blood flowing down his face, and the city is ok with it. When you go to the police or city to file a compliant you are disregarded, its as if the Constitution is suspended when you walk out of the airport. They tend to live by some idea of social law, like the book lord of the flies. I even once went to the state office, I am a US citizen, to speak to them about a service, and was entirely disregarded. I kind of thought of the city as being some isolated hamlet. The government condones this lifestyle and even promotes it. Some people like it, but to me one of the worst places in this country.
Worst city I have ever been to EVER. I have been to: Denver, Cape Town, Iceland, Germany, England, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Canada, Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia, and most of the United States, and hands down, this is by FARRRR the worst place I ever been. If you want to show up, visit for a week, and leave, you're in luck, it's gorgeous, and it'll be great - that's where ALL of Seattle's hype comes from: people say it's great because they only visit, but liveeeee there, and you're opinion will quickly change. The ONLY good thing about Seattle is that it has good sushi. That's it. Ocean???? The Sound is so polluted with human feces that the salmon run moved North so now the whales don't even go in it anymore. Not to mention the real ocean is 4 hours away - and it's cold, and has killer currents so no swimming. The Mountains? 2 hours away. The music??? Nirvana came from Aberdeen, which is 3 fucking hours away from Seattle, but Seattle has NOOO problem just claiming them as their own. The music scene there is pathetic = shows are kept secret, so you won't even find the music, but no worries, it sucks anyways. Go to Denver for a good music scene. The rents are insannellly high, there are prostitutes and heroin EVERYWHERE, and oh the "liberal" people, oh how "liberal" they are. Yeah, they are super open minded and liberal as long as you agree with every single thing they say. Bring up one differing view about literally anything, and BOOM! They won't talk to you. That's not liberalism, that's close mindedness but about different issues. The drivers are horrible, every girl is fat as fuck, every guy is a pussy, and every driver is terrible. It takes 2 hours to drive 20 miles on a good day. Seriously, unless you're looking for other fat people into deviant sexuality, go else where. There are so, so many better places out there. If you are a sexually deviant (and by deviant I don't mean player, I mean furry) fat ass, you better be a rich one too, because the cost of living in Seattle is nuts. Also, no bars are open passed 10pm, so no nightlife.
Lived here for almost 70 years. The city has gone from one of the best to one of the worst. The people are awful. In fact today I was sitting in my car when another car backed into the spot next to me, whereupon the woman in that car looked me in the eye and flung her door into mine. I got out to see how bad she dented it and she said nastily "Your'e alright." I said I would decide that and as I looked at the door she shoves me back and says,"Get out of my way" and walks off. I am almost 70 years old and what makes Seattle even better, I knew that if I even reported it, I would probably be blamed for even caring about a car. The city government is just plain annoying and weird. Also, it take hours to go anywhere in the constant, all day, traffic congestion. Save yourself, don't come here! Don't make the mistake I made by staying here. Good Luck to you. Maybe Boise?
I lived in the Seattle area 15 years ago and have been visiting since I was a little tyke. I moved back for a job opportunity (those were practically nonexistent in Oregon where family lives) and instantly regretted it. The modest apartment I rented 15 years ago in Renton costs twice as much as it was, but wages have not kept pace, so it's become extremely difficult afford the rent here and have any sort of quality of life unless you're earning 6 figures or more. The weather is soggy, chilly, gloomy and that wouldn't be so bad if there were others things to rave about, but I can't think of much. The public transportation system is overburdened, the number of homeless is still steadily increasing and they are most definitely aggressive downtown. It seems like people are meek and afraid to offend anyone, so the energy is just odd. I'll be leaving at the first out of state job offer and can't imagine coming back even to visit.
When I moved here, I thought it was quaint and absolutely beautiful. I presumed the people would be friendly. I've been here 15 f"king years and I hate it. Can't wait to leave. The culture here is the weirdest I've ever encountered and I've lived all over the US and overseas. The people are unfriendly, cowardly - they will never say anything straight - they invite you over and looked shocked if you ever actually show up. Friendship are shallow and short-lived. I was married to a WA guy and his family never - and I mean never- invited me over or showed any courtesy. They were stuck up and rude. No place else I've lived was like that. I've always made friends easily but I have no friends here. They get sore - but won't openly show it - if you say anything straightforward and honest. It's the Northwest culture - just too weird for me. Housing is expensive, jobs hard to find. Oh, and the incessant rainy gloomy weather isn't just depressing, I've been getting strange physical problems from the lack of light - SAD, labrarynthitis, etc. Don't move to the Northwest!!
Seattle, is disgusting. I visited and loved it. Once you live there.. Horrible homless problem, heroin problem. The people will go out of there way to be rude. The churches are boreded up. The stores close at 8-9 all of them. Nightlife is non existing. If you want to go to Starbucks and watch t.v this is your place. I moved here with the potential to stay for the rest of my life. I will be moving I 2 months. So bad I left after 6mo.
IIf you love walking up Mount Everest to get to the drug store and having horrible pain from the terrible lengths you have to walk around closed off streets this is your city! Absolutely appalling, the worst homeless population I've encountered even out of Portland, Austin and Denver. Homeless here are more aggressive, bizarre and drugged up than any I've ever seen. And they're all over, even in 'good' sides of town...you can't get away from them and being constantly bothered when eating. Rude and inconsiderate drivers practically mow over pedestrians even when they have the right of way and many people live in their own little bubbles unaware of what is going on - totally ignorant to others!! I was almost run over twice by cyclists as well. Terrible traffic and insanely bad construction issues plague the city... Good luck finding a normal sidewalk half the time. I have no idea how the elderly or differently abled survive here, as every other street has an almost 180 degree incline. On top of that,It's dirty and disgusting with trash piles, homeless tents all over and many streets reeking of strong urine ...worse than any big city. HORRIBLE!
Hi, I have been in three different states and lived poor, rich, educated, and worked.
SEATTLE is easy to get a job and hard to find the right place to live for the price. Even the area
where there is nice harbor or lake has mold and people careless of the environment, ( trash bottles, fast food
garbage, ect.) When I decided to take a job, I was excited about the pay and then then the traffic on one
highway from the south end to the north end towards Canada is not worth any job. The ferry's to take your car
and the toll bridges are also not worth the commute. I would have rather visit the place instead of live permanently here. Its great for any one in the military and for anyone who is not here for very long.....plus I could feel the winter depression spills over to customer service until the sun shines again. My light bills were high and My water was polluted according to a notice sent to me in the mail two weeks after I rented my apartment even though it rains. Anywhere above Seattle like 70 miles above (north) is great for recreation but that is it.
I wanted to live where people had more college degrees but I don't see a mindfulness here at all......
The word is already out online nationaly regarding Seattle. It's way too over priced and expensive to live in and to overcrowed for the transportation system to handle. Don't even think about setting up a small business here. Trying to find affordable parking and paying the additional labor costs will be challenging. If you wish to relocate to the Pacific Northwest try Boise or Grants Pass Oregon. The weather is better (more sunshine) and you won't be paying six bucks for a hamburger.....well hopefully not soon. The Liberals in Seattle speak of economic compassion but that of course does not apply to everyone. -Craig West.
Lived in Seattle some years ago. It's beautiful and popular city, and i understand that everybody knows why. But i always meet people, who hate this place. So, i've decided to create small list of characteristics of such people.
You probably hate Seattle if you are:
- Has religious and conservative mind. Such liberal aspects as legal pot or gay marriage scares you.
- You can't call yourself creative or artistic person. Mathematical equations are nicer than masterpieces of famous painters.
- You like nightlie of all kinds. Night clubs, bars and alcohol are your friends. And home Seattle too boring for you.
- You like sunny weather and seaside with surfers.
- Probably your education suck. University is not your sphere. And you believe that only God know how world works and soon punish godless seattleites.
- Too snob to see homeless people.
- You are granny. Drunk granny.
What others have said, nice place to visit, but not to live. Every not so pleasant statement made about Seattle by previous posters is 100% true. Google "Bertha Seattle" to get an idea of what kind of stupidity runs this city and state. About as bad as how the city wasted hundreds of millions of dollars for a monorail that was never built. Because everyone has a small town bumpkin attitude nothing is improved until it is too late. Roads in most residential areas are so narrow only one car can pass at a time, because why built garages? Housing prices are stupid expensive, especially when you consider that even in nice areas there are no shortage of moldy, mossy shacks that look like a serial killer lives inside. Downtown is great to watch crack dealers conducting business right in front of the court house. Don't say anything about the homeless unless it is praise or people get all bent out of shape. Despite the fact many of them are drunks and drug addict losers. Seriously there are encampments of them living under the large bridges like a family of trolls. Many small businesses are barely able to stay open because of the ridiculous real estate prices, then you get an moron like Kshama Sawant and her army of uneducated idiots screaming there should be a $15 hour minimum wage. Never have seen so many people afraid of their own shadow and there has to be a big conspiracy theory for EVERYTHING. A four mile commute can take 30 minutes on a good day, closer to an hour normally. For a city that is supposedly so progressive they sure are narrow minded when an opposing view is presented. If you do make the mistake of moving here be prepared to be interrogated for about an hour at any given job interview as to why you are not born and raised here. The pettiness in the work environment is sad to say the least. Even after legalizing pot, which was supposed to raise so much money, only one growers permit has been issued well after a year marking the legalization vote. The taxes are about as bad as California, roads are lit for crap, all in bad shape, I could go on but hopefully you get the idea.
don't believe the hype this is not as great a area as people say it is . I wish I could move out I am trying to and I will so I don't go insane The people have no confidence here they are afraid to speak their mind very soft people no back bone they are afraid to look you in the eyes not like New York Philly San Francisco the weather sucks its good for 4 moths out of 12 no jobs unless your working for Microsoft or amazon I could go on all day and its very expensive as well
I've lived in Seattle for most of the last decade and am on Areavibes looking for a good place to move to this year hopefully. Anybody considering moving here should ignore the Public Relations nonsense put out by the City and avoid it altogether, because unless you're into drugs, deviant sexuality, or welfare there is no social scene whatsoever (unless you enjoy spending a lot of time alone).
The business atmosphere too can best be described as 'hostile'---Communist Party members were actually elected to the City Council here last November. The cost of living is high; the quality of living is low; the bureaucratic red tape and high taxes fall most heavily on the productive while the City ignores the large colonies of the homeless and psychopaths and allows them to roam the streets at will.
Seattle is often claimed to have the best-educated people in the US, but it doesn't show. The schools here are pathetic, families are not encouraged to be here (according to census figures there are more dogs than children under 12 here). Even the vaunted 'singles scene' is a joke---just do a Google search for 'Seattle Freeze' and you get an idea of the character of the population here. Groupthink, political correctness, uptightness, cliquishness rule here. There is no 'night life' at all despite the media hype, you can't even find restaurants open after 10 in most neighborhoods and practically no clubs or other social venues.
Seattle is the largest city in Washington State and it is one of the fastest growing cities and it has a great economy because of the trade and the tourism. It is a big city and it has one of largest ports in the United States and that gives it an advantage to let it be one of the best cities in economy. Seattle is an attractive city and that's why people come to it from everywhere. It has many unique things such as Microsoft's company and the first Starbucks shop and because of these Seattle captures people's attentions and people look for visiting Seattle. Economy comes with two things which are trade and tourism and that is what economy of Seattle based on. Technology in Seattle has grown and that leads Seattle to have many internet companies and to be one of the best cities in trade. Furthermore, people tend to open many stores and many companies because they see how Seattle becomes the city of trade and it is heading to grow up more and more in business. For example, Seattle has Microsoft's company and it is one of the best powerful companies in the whole world. Trade in Seattle leads to increase the city's population because trade let the people in Seattle be revived. However, tourists tend to visit Seattle from everywhere after Seattle has grown and also because Seattle after the trade become known. So, trade in Seattle leads to tourism and trade and tourism are both involved in economy. When we look at Seattle we see that Seattle is one of the beautiful cities in America and has a good weather too. If you look for a good place to have a vacation with your family, Seattle is a great place for vacation because it has many entertaining places and its weather is almost perfect. I have visited many places in the world but it seems to me that Seattle is one of the best cities that I visited because its people are nice and has historic places that I am interested in and I really enjoyed vising it. Seattle is mixed between modern and traditional so you can find whatever you like to see if you are interested in modern or traditional places. I want to visit it again because I did not visit all its entertaining places yet. In sum, I really recommend you to visit Seattle if you did not visit it yet and I assure that you will get confused which place you should visit first because it has many interesting places.
Do you live in the Northwest of the USA? Do you want to visit a fabulous city? Seattle is the best choice because it has many attractive things. First of all, the best time to visit it is in the summer because the weather in Seattle is not hot. According to the Weather Channel, the average temperature is between 57-76 F. That is an amazing weather to spend times outdoor.
The best place to spend your times in Seattle is going to the beaches. Seattle has many wonderful beaches. One of them is Alki beach, which has beautiful views of downtown Seattle. Also, you would enjoy walking the miles and miles of paved trail and lots of restaurants to choose from outdoor seating. Another good beach is Golden Gardens, which is awesome place for family because it has play areas for the kids.
One important thing for all tourists is restaurants and they are looking for the best restaurants. Seattle has many different kind of restaurants. So, you can find any kind of food that is your favorite. If you like Mexican food, you can find a lot of restaurants there. For example, the best restaurants are La Carta de Oaxaca, Rancho Bravo Tacos, and Tacos El Asadero. Tourists who are from Middle East can find all type of Arabic food. For instance, Aladdin Falafel Corner, Mr. Gyros, Petra Mediterranean Bistro, and Mamnoon are the best choice to try them. Similar to them, Asians can find Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, and Thai restaurants. For example, SanMaRu Grill, Indochine Asian Dining Lounge, Green Leaf, In the Bowl, Seven Stars Pepper Szechuan, and Mr. and Mrs. Wok are of the best Asians restaurants.
In addition to the weather, the shopping is very important for the tourists. Seattle has two outlets malls one the north of Seattle on I-5 (exit 202) has the best outlet shopping around. Another is outside of the city in North Bend, which also has a wonderful waterfall. In the outlets malls, you would find any market that you are looking for. Moreover, the Downtown has few malls in the core shopping area. Also, in the Downtown area you can visit many famous places, for example, you can visit the first Starbucks' branch. When you are in that area, you must visit the Public Market Center, which has a lot of vendor stalls where local folks sell cosmetics, artwork, fresh fish, test honey and unique goodies to take home and various other items. When you get in the Public Market, you will have feeling like you are back many years ago. In Seattle you simply cannot skip the Space Needle because it has amazing views. According to Wikipedia, the Space Needle is 184 m high; it is visited by about 1000 of people every day.
The Worst location on the face of the earth to ever choose to move to the official home of the world's largest population of Morally, spiritually, ethically dead dishonest, deceitful godless, faithless city on the planet known as Seattle where violent criminals, sexually deviant pedophiles are released to neighborhoods with children and within the area nearby schools ,Crime is higher than the Nation average by 22% and is alive and thriving quite successfully and Pot is smoked everywhere you look even in the street and embarrassingly police cannot do anything about it (though I truly wish they could) because pot is fully legal in Seattle
Seattle used to be a rustic town...a little backwards and big on prostitution. Well, not much has changed except that the city caters to tourists much more than anyone else. There is high drug use here, high pagan belief centered communities, high protitution (really ugly, fat, used streetwalkers), and really hostile attitudes by some that really ruin the quality of life for the most. There is high mental retardation and mental illness; not just in the homeless communities (domestic violence, drug addictions, inmate services, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, down low - you name it) but there is a high incidence of functional drug addicts here. Office politics in Seattle is a monster to deal with!
I don't recommend Seattle for anyone...most people live outside of Seattle proper and just commute to work there then get out before sundown. The tourists are usually unaware of what is happening all around them which is for the best.
Seattle, great place to visit - horrid place to live.
My husband & I travel to Seattle at least once a year to visit our daughter. We have never run out of new places to see or visit while we are there. The most wonderful thing about our trips to Seattle, are the people and how polite and courteous they are on the roads.
There are several parks in the area and there is always watching the big ships come into Puget Sound (all things that everyone can enjoy and does not cost a thing).
We will be going again in Aug of this year, so I'll write another review then.
I grew up in Seattle and it is a wonderful place to visit. I love the history, the culture, the people and places around town. Starbucks began in Seattle at the Pike Place Market location and it's a wonderful place to begin your visit. The Pike Place Market is just above the Seattle waterfront. Pike Place Market is known for it's famous 'fish throwers' who throw fresh fish at it's world famous Pike Place Fish.
Seattle is a great place for sports. When visiting Seattle you may go to a Mariners baseball game at Safeco Field. Centurytel Field is to the north of Safeco Field and is home to the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seattle Space Needle's top rotates while you take in the view. Go to the observation deck and get a 360 degree view of the town. The restaurant in the Space Needle is very expensive so I usually recommend to my friends to take in the view at the observation deck and skip the restaurant. People go to the restaurant for special occasions like proposals or wedding anniversaries. The Experience Music Project or EMP is a museum adjacent to the Seattle Space Needle. The EMP also has a Science Fiction Museum located in it that is a must go for any science fiction lover!
I love the weather in Seattle in the summer and the fall. When it's sunny in Seattle there are beautiful views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain range. Seattle is also the starting point for many Alaskan Cruises. There are many fine seafood restaurants along the Seattle Waterfront one of my favorites is Anthony's. Anthony's has great clam chowder and fresh fish. Taking a ferry boat ride from Seattle is a must for all visitors.
My wife and I recently travelled to Seattle, WA for a week of vacationing. I have to say, if you have never been to Seattle you are missing out on an amazing trip. I fully expected to be surround by nothing more than coffee shops and liberal protests, but I what we found was surprisingly entertaining.
I really enjoyed the friendly attitudes that we received from the locals. We were greeted by smiles everywhere we went, and I don't recall one poor experience with a waiter or store clerk. The Seattle attractions were also enjoyable, my personal favorite being a trip to the Space Needle. We are not much for nightlife, so I can't vouch for that scene, but everything I heard while in Seattle was that the city only became more lively at night. I can tell you each of the Seattle restaurants we visited provided us with a pleasant experience.
The only drawback of our trip was the rain. I believe it rained every day, on and off throughout the day, but this hardly caused a problem on our trip. I would recommend anyone contemplating a trip to Seattle to book their flight now!