THE PACIFIC NW REGION
What’s it like to live in the greater Seattle area? Does it really rain all the time? Is the traffic as bad as they say? What’s the housing market like?
Here are answers to these and several other commonly asked questions about Life in Seattle. For additional information, links to other web sites are included at the bottom of the page.
Does it really rain all the time?
Actually no, it doesn't rain all the time. The Seattle area receives only 36 inches of rain per year. That's less than San Francisco, Chicago and New York. We just happen to get most of it between November and January.
What is the weather like the rest of the year?
Seattle has a very moderate climate with mild winters and summers. The average summer temperature is 75 degrees, and there are less than 15 days a year when the temperature drops below freezing. Such moderate temperatures enable year-round outdoor activities.
What kinds of recreational activities are available?
Thanks to the mild climate, you can hike, bike, kayak and sail year round. If you're into skiing or snow boarding, ski areas are only a 40 minute drive from downtown Seattle, and Whistler B.C. is a five hour drive. The Cascade mountains are also well know for rock climbing. Mt Rainier is good for day hiking or if you're had-core, sign-up for a trip to the top.
Go Northwest - A travel guide showcasing the beautiful Pacific Northwest
City of Renton - events and information in Renton
Living in Seattle - provides a good overview of the city, housing and transportation options Seattle