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Old 08-30-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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So long story short I've got family friends living in Seattle and im just about done with college. My girlfriend is from there and wants to move back saying i'd love it there. I'm already sold on the city, been there many times and enjoy it. I'd probably be living in the puyallup(?) area with a long standing family friend until I got a job and could move out

Im looking for the pros that aren't heard of everywhere. I know all about the rainy weather, downtown life, legal marijuana, snowboarding and stuff. But what about the standard of living? I'm moving from So Cal (San Diego) area if anyone can relate. How are costs of living, the job market and things like that?

I know being from california we have high costs of living with a LOT of government restrictions that im not so amped about. How does Washington/Seattle area compare?
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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We have too many California transplants, go somewhere else.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:15 PM   #3
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We have too many California transplants, go somewhere else.
Don't mind Nick, he probably didn't have his coffee today.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:15 PM   #4
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We have too many California transplants, go somewhere else.
Wtf? I'm from Tacoma. Moved before I had a job or noticed things like government/housing. Just trying to get some perspective.

Anyone else who ISN'T a total a** hole have any input?
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:20 PM   #5
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If you are from Tacoma shouldn't you know something about living in Washington?
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:21 PM   #6
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What sort of work are you going to be looking to do?
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:27 PM   #7
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If you are from Tacoma shouldn't you know something about living in Washington?
Like I ALREADY said, moved before I noticed "grown up" things. Also like I ALREADY stated I DO know what it's like concerning weather, roads, etc.

What I DON'T know is about housing, jobs, standard of living, government practices, etc.

I thought my question was clear??
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:33 PM   #8
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What sort of work are you going to be looking to do?
Im finishing a degree in business with my concentration in Marketing so I'd like to do advertising work and start building a portfolio
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:37 PM   #9
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I think Seattle's known for being really nice compared to the east coast at least. Previous comments pretty well confirm it...


We're probably all a bit on edge because the rain already started and it's still August.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:45 PM   #10
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Keep checking here to see if they'll finally fill some spots in their marketing department:

http://www.downtownseattle.com/dsa/e...opportunities/

They are one of my clients and I know their marketing department was running thin for a bit.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:30 PM   #11
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http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living...an+Diego%2C+CA

Kinda nifty seeing the comparison... if you don't mind the rain during 3/4 of the year lol, Seattle is a great city. Have you looked into Bellevue? Either way, cost of living is hella high here, but I love my city!
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:39 PM   #12
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Do you like San Diego? If so, stay there Seattle is nothing like it.

Tax wise Seattle is much regressive a state when it comes to personal and small business tax structure. If you earn a lot of money, it is a great state for you due to no income tax.

Government wise the dominate populate mass is in the Seattle area so King, Pierce and Snohomish counties tend to operate just fine at the county and city levels. However the state Government is bitterly divided between the east and west side of the mountains. The east side routinely votes to block or disrupt the goals of the population centers simply because they can due to the way the seats are distrusted.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:43 PM   #13
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Stick with Pierce county! Cheaper then King.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:12 PM   #14
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Do you like San Diego? If so, stay there Seattle is nothing like it.

Tax wise Seattle is much regressive a state when it comes to personal and small business tax structure. If you earn a lot of money, it is a great state for you due to no income tax.

Government wise the dominate populate mass is in the Seattle area so King, Pierce and Snohomish counties tend to operate just fine at the county and city levels. However the state Government is bitterly divided between the east and west side of the mountains. The east side routinely votes to block or disrupt the goals of the population centers simply because they can due to the way the seats are distrusted.
Thanks for the input. That's the kind i'm stuff I'm trying to learn.

I like SD in it's ways, but I'm ready for a change.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:36 PM   #15
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In order anyone to give you useful input on the job market and cost of living you're going to have to provide a bit more personal information; i.e., work experience, field of study, etc.

The job market in general is decent and our minimum wage is $1.19 higher than CA. If you're looking to live in an area with low cost of living on the Westside avoid Bellevue, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Sammamish, and downtown Seattle. If you work in downtown be prepared to pay a bunch for parking. I recommend getting an Orca Card and taking public transpo(Sound Transit, Metro, Light Rail). You'll avoid a ****ty commute in heavy traffic and save a ton of money.

By the way, Puyallup blows. Enjoy sitting in traffic on Meridian every day
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:42 PM   #16
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Do you like San Diego? If so, stay there Seattle is nothing like it.

Tax wise Seattle is much regressive a state when it comes to personal and small business tax structure. If you earn a lot of money, it is a great state for you due to no income tax.

Government wise the dominate populate mass is in the Seattle area so King, Pierce and Snohomish counties tend to operate just fine at the county and city levels. However the state Government is bitterly divided between the east and west side of the mountains. The east side routinely votes to block or disrupt the goals of the population centers simply because they can due to the way the seats are distrusted.
Have you ever lived on the east side, and im not talking about Bellevue? People over there want less taxes (our beloved governor and the prior one, never met a tax hike they didn't like), less government involvement, want to send the illegals back, less free loaders, more gun control, fiscal responsibility. The west side, well, they're completely different, and they have to go over the mountains to dry their water logged a$$'s out.
I also need to mention, the coast has some one the worst drivers out there. AAA released a study and they are likely to have a accident ever 6 years and the average is 8. When ever they get 2 rain drops on their windshield they drive 10 under, they camp in the left lane, and don't get me started on the cheese heads.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:50 PM   #17
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Have you ever lived on the east side, and im not talking about Bellevue? People over there want less taxes (our beloved governor and the prior one, never met a tax hike they didn't like), less government involvement, want to send the illegals back, less free loaders, more gun control, fiscal responsibility. The west side, well, they're completely different, and they have to go over the mountains to dry their water logged a$$'s out.
I also need to mention, the coast has some one the worst drivers out there. AAA released a study and they are likely to have a accident ever 6 years and the average is 8. When ever they get 2 rain drops on their windshield they drive 10 under, they camp in the left lane, and don't get me started on the cheese heads.
Whoa there...

Sup with all the prejudice on the West bro, U mad?
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:38 PM   #18
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Have you ever lived on the east side, and im not talking about Bellevue? People over there want less taxes (our beloved governor and the prior one, never met a tax hike they didn't like), less government involvement, want to send the illegals back, less free loaders, more gun control, fiscal responsibility. The west side, well, they're completely different, and they have to go over the mountains to dry their water logged a$$'s out.
I also need to mention, the coast has some one the worst drivers out there. AAA released a study and they are likely to have a accident ever 6 years and the average is 8. When ever they get 2 rain drops on their windshield they drive 10 under, they camp in the left lane, and don't get me started on the cheese heads.
Allow me to be a little more eloquent here.

Liberals love their green city. They masturbate at night thinking about how awesome Seattle is. They want more buses and more transportation; but when it comes down to it...everybody wants buses and bikes for everyone *ELSE*, so that they can get around town in their car. Standard of living is high here, and if you are educated you'll do fine. If you are not, then be prepared to be one of the dreadlocked idiots out in Pioneer Square striking because your entry level job doesn't pay above...wait for it...entry level.

Our traffic is some of the worst in the country. The Olympia to Everett I5 corridor is disgusting. Every passive aggressive PoS will coast at 56 in the left lane, our State Patrol budget is triple most states (on the upside, they are considered elite by police standards around the country), so be prepared to get a ticket or 2.

You will hate the traffic, you will hate the weather. But the upside is that, when the sun DOES come out, you enjoy it a bit more...contrary to popular belief it doesn't rain much here (Vegas gets more rain than we do) but we spread it out...we'll get heavy drizzle for days instead of a rain squall downpour for an hour. BUT, you have snow just an hour east for boarding, hot desert an hour further east of that for nice driving and sightseeing, and you'll find you get used to having so many trees.

Generally our area is in cliques, as above mouth breather mentioned...eastside Bothell/Bellevue/Kirkland/Issaquah is HIGH standard of living (considered the rich), the south area (Puyallup/Auburn/Kent/Renton/Tacoma/Federal Way) is very high crime, the North End (Everett/Arlington/Marysville) is very sparse and easy to get a house with a few acres, unless you hate the commute back into Seattle. Downtown Seattle is expensive and parking is literally disappearing by the day (parking lots are being sold and turned into condos). I love Seattle as a city to sightsee in and take in the sights, but hate the people. The sanctuary city aspect makes our city a HUGE crime infestation...we get stabbings and shootings in between whatever random oppressed white victims are striking about by walking down major thoroughfares to snarl traffic. Lots of people will butthurt over the southend crime, but the per capita crime rates back up my statement.

That's all I got. I chose to live in the north end (Arlington) because for the price of an 800 sq ft. condo in the city, I got a 2100 sq. ft. house with 25 acres at the cost of an extra hour a day total commute. Wherever you choose to live, just research the area because Car Thefts (especially Subarus) are becoming really big here.

God I am such a downer...think i'll take a painkiller now.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:05 PM   #19
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Have you ever lived on the east side, and im not talking about Bellevue? People over there want less taxes (our beloved governor and the prior one, never met a tax hike they didn't like), less government involvement, want to send the illegals back, less free loaders, more gun control, fiscal responsibility. The west side, well, they're completely different, and they have to go over the mountains to dry their water logged a$$'s out.
I also need to mention, the coast has some one the worst drivers out there. AAA released a study and they are likely to have a accident ever 6 years and the average is 8. When ever they get 2 rain drops on their windshield they drive 10 under, they camp in the left lane, and don't get me started on the cheese heads.
Did you join just to post this?


OP, if you like the countryside, stay in Puyallup or go north to Arlington as the other dude said. However, seeing that you're coming from San Diego, which I travel to about twice a year, You'll probably like the Eastside (Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah etc...) but I'm biased.

This is how a compare Cali to WA.

(Personal Opinion Only)
Los Angeles = Seattle Area
San Diego = Eastside Area

Oh.. Mercer Island is nice and quiet.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:29 PM   #20
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We have too many California transplants, go somewhere else.
I'm with the nipple.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:46 PM   #21
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I'm with the nipple.
Same. We don't need anymore illegals (Californians) up here.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:29 AM   #22
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Seattle=white scum capitol of the world
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:34 AM   #23
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Thanks to those few who gave an actual response. I should have known better than to post a serious question on NASIOC.

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Old 08-31-2013, 12:46 AM   #24
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Look into parkland. You can get any kind of drug at any redbox location.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:36 AM   #25
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Go hawks
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