We came, we saw, we stayed. Although most of us have always been Seattleites.
First and foremost, it’s important for you to know we absolutely love Seattle. In fact, we love everything about it. Its location in the Pacific Northwest, makes Seattle’s environment nearly perfect, as parks, lakes, and other natural elements intertwine with neighborhoods and city buildings. Some of the nation’s most majestic mountains are on the outskirts of the cityscapes. The “welcome mat” to the rest of the world is the massive Puget Sound to the west, welcoming visitors into our backyard. This city will move you.
Ranked high on every Seattleite’s list of things they love about Seattle is sports. For one, it’s a diehard love for the Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders, Storm, or Huskies. For another, it’s a love for the bonded community that the teams created. Or maybe you just love attending the games surrounded by friends and the best fans in all of sports (not debatable). Any way you look at it, Seattle loves its sports.
The culture, environment, economy, fashion, sports, cuisine, and interests have all adapted to Seattle’s location…or maybe they’ve shaped Seattle over the years. It’s a classic “chicken and egg” question, what came first? Did the newcomer bring their fashion and style to Seattle or did Seattle influence their style?
There’s a reason(s) so many people are moving here…despite the rain.
From the outside looking in, Seattle is a grey and rainy city swarming with young techies and the Amazon giant. Now, we’ll be the first to admit the grey season can go on a bit too long some years, but like all other great locations, sometimes you have to bear the ugly weather in order to enjoy the beauty that it creates. Plus, most of the time it’s barely a drizzle, which is why you’ll rarely see an umbrella in the hands of a Seattleite.
What about all of the millennials and tech-employees?
As Microsoft took off in the mid-1980’s, it added to Boeing’s talent pool and created a magnetic attraction to aspiring computer scientists, engineers, analysts, data miners, coders, and entrepreneurs. Over the years Seattle’s talent pool has grown to become the 2nd strongest tech market in the U.S. and Canada. Seattle has the highest percentage of people with a bachelor’s degree or higher at 62% of the population.
Do you blame the companies for wanting the best talent?
The office space is about half the cost than that of other tech markets like New York, and San Francisco. And, employee wages are considerably lower than in Washington D.C., New York, and San Francisco. It’s safe to say companies find Seattle to be very attractive.
Seattle is not run by techies, robots, or artificial intelligence.
Let’s put this rumor to bed. “Techies,” do not run the city. Technology jobs only account for less than 9% of all occupations. Meaning, Seattle has a very diverse industry with transportation, government, manufacturing, education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and other professional services among the largest labor forces. Non-tech jobs have grown 29% over the last 6 years, where tech jobs have only grown by 19%.
The companies like Seattle, but why are the incoming employees attracted to the Emerald City?
The largest group contributing to Seattle’s recent population growth has two identifiers: Millennials (born between the early-1980s and early-2000s) and employees in a S.T.E.M. field. In 2017, about half of Seattle’s new residents were foreign-born.
Generally, people are choosing to move to Seattle for a combination of the same reasons Seattleites stay and why companies find the city attractive. Yet, the most obvious reason they move in would be for career advancement.
Seattle’s Fortune 500 companies consist of Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Alaska Airlines, Weyerhaeuser, Expeditors International, and F5 Networks. Any one of those companies are sure to provoke interest in a future employer, and working/learning alongside co-workers with equal or greater talent will surely impact your skills. So corporate culture is a huge factor.
Additionally, incoming employees are likely weighing their options between a Seattle offer and or moving to a different city, in which Seattle still has a lower cost of living compared to other top-tier cities, like San Diego, Orange County, and SF Bay Area. For a tech employee, Seattle has a lower cost of living to income ratio than 17 other top-tier cities, including that one city south of us…Portland, OR.
Let’s not forget about the visitors from outer-Seattle.
Tourists visit Seattle at all times of the year and for all kinds of reasons, mostly for Pike Place Market, or “Pike’s Place Market” to the outsider. Whatever they call it, it is truly a cultural staple of Seattle. We love our Farmers Markets.
The list of Seattle tourist attractions is deep. Let’s see if we can cover the highlights: Friends and Family, Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Pacific Science Center, MoPOP, the gum wall, the SAM, Ferries, Seahawks games, Sounders games, Starbucks, parks, lakes, The Museum of Flight, Seattle Aquarium, Fremont Troll, Seattle Central Library, and accessibility to all of the nearby cities, state parks, islands, and hikes.
Seattle is your place to explore.
No matter how new you are or how long you’ve been a Seattleite, we hope this sparks some interest to explore more of this beautiful place we love to call home. Our city has an awe-inspiring natural environment to discover and an exciting future of possibilities.
And we’re at the center of the future.
With tech and creativity originating or moving into our backyard, and growth at every corner, there’s a good chance the city will surprise you with something new today.
Get out there and find something new. Let us know what you find.