Everything A New Transplant Needs to Know About Seattle Living

Moving to Seattle

Before moving to a new city, it is important to learn a few things about your new neighborhood. This new introduction to a new city often begins with researching where you will move to. But there is more to it than knowing what the best school district is, or where affordable housing is best. We live in the age of information, so it is easy to learn about your new city.

It is important to research the cost of living before you begin looking for a new home in a Seattle apartment. With that, you need to see how your salary stacks up to the local cost of living. If you don’t have a job yet, you might want to see what job opportunities are there and try to see how those salaries run.  

All of these factors will help establish your budget. Each city has its own dynamic, socially, style of living and financially. If you are aware ahead of your move, you are ahead of the game.

So, you moving to Seattle?   9th Best Place to Live in the US, 30th Best Place to Retire (US News & World Reports)

Here are some things to know


  • No income tax
  • About 24% more expensive cost of living than the average US city
    • (a 50,000 income in the average city would need $62,000 in Seattle)
  • Electricity is cheaper in Washington state than most areas of the country.
  • State sales tax is 9.5%


  • Competitive housing market – owning a home can be quite expensive
  • Renting is often more affordable than purchasing a home, yet still pricey


  • Warm and dry summers with low humidity
  • Short summers
  • Gloomy and misty winters
  • Less winter daylight

Getting Around

  • Seattle has a light rail system…but only serves a limited portion of the city
  • Seattle is a city of neighborhoods, so bicycles are a huge part of neighborhood life
  • Seattle has some frustrating traffic issues so, getting around will take some time…and gas.  Gas prices are some of the most expensive in the country.

Social & Recreation

  • Many great restaurants, especially seafood
  • Cost of restaurants average about $30 per person
  • Coffee shops are popular and tasty – the local ones are the favorite over the chain coffee shops
  • Great city for music
  • Three major sports teams – Football Seahawks, Baseball Mariners and Soccer Sounders
  • Plenty of museums in many interests – art, history, science, children’s, military and specialty museums.

Make a Seattle Apartment Your Home at Lexington Heights

Every city has statistical info available online but knowing the little secrets from the locals is always helpful.  No matter how well you educate yourself, moving to a new city, especially if you are changing from one area of the country to another, getting acclimated will take time. Use some patience, pay attention to the habits of the ones around you and soon no one will be able to tell that you are a transplant. If you’re ready to make the Seattle move, get in touch with us today to start the application process.