Seattle is Losing Popularity—So Where is Washington’s New Hotspot?
There was a period where Seattle was one of the hottest new places to move. Much like Portland and Austin, the hipness, booming tech industry, and thriving culture turned it into something of a mecca for up-and-coming millennials. But that could all be changing. The rapid gentrification boom has sent housing rates skyrocketing while also creating a rash of homelessness and property crime, creating something of a bubble where the exorbitant rates of renting or owning a home don’t match the benefits offered. But that doesn’t mean that Washington doesn’t have plenty to offer, or that you need to be young and successful to make the move. Whether you’re looking to get out of Seattle without leaving the state or relocate from elsewhere in the country, there are plenty of great places to move and plenty of strong reasons to do so.
Why Move to Washington
While Portland’s rising cost of living is a valid concern, the influx of stable and high-paying work in growing industries is equally as true. In addition to hosting several tech campuses and the headquarters of both Alaska Airlines and Starbucks, Washington’s pleasant climate makes it one of the nation’s largest agricultural powerhouses.
That pleasant and diverse environment makes it equally as inviting a home even if you aren’t looking for a new job. With 2500 expansive miles of shoreline, it’s a great place for people who love the open waters, and Washington is home to three beautiful national parks in the form of North Cascades, Mount Rainier, and Olympic.
Then there are the financial advantages to consider. Washington has no state income tax, making it an appealing relocation option for retirees who are working on a fixed income. Similarly appealing to residents looking to settle down is the fact that, according to one VA home loan provider, Washington-based veterans save an average of $178/month when they buy a home in Washington using a VA loan.
Where to Move
Despite the fact that more people are fleeing Seattle proper, many of these residents aren’t leaving the state. In fact, according to a Motovo survey, Seattle ranks only ninth for the most appealing location within the state. Here are some of the more popular:
This oddly named city offers some of the best access to hiking in the region, and it also boasts some of the most well-regarded school systems around. A high density of well-regarded seafood restaurants makes it an excellent option for sampling the local cuisine. All in all, it’s an ideal place to settle if you’re looking to stay for the long haul.
Kirkland’s close proximity to Seattle means that it’s easy to check out the city for work or pleasure, but it also offers a high average income for people looking to make a professional name for themselves. Its high school graduation rate hovers at a respectable 95%.
The state capital is eminently affordable, sitting well within the national average for cost of living. It’s also a highly modern and engaged community with a wealth of local amenities.