Pros and Cons of Living in Washington
Are you considering moving to Washington State? I'm going to go over the pros and cons of living in Washington. You will learn about tips and tricks on how to buy and sell homes in Renton Washington and the surrounding areas. If you've not yet subscribed to my channel go and hit the little subscribe button and the little Bell for notifications and you will be notified of any upcoming videos. I put videos out every week on Wednesdays. If you have any questions at all please feel free to comment below and I will get back to you right away.
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The first con is the weather. Washington is known for its rainy and cloudy days. It is not always raining but we do get more drizzle and gray skies than most states. Our weather is a bit unpredictable and so are our weather forecasts. We actually don't get a whole lot more rain than the average amounts across the United States but we get drizzle many days. But on the bright side without all the rain we wouldn't get to see all the beautiful green and the beautiful flowers and we typically don't get droughts. Every once a while we will have one but very rare. If I could change one thing I would add a bit more Sun and a bit more warmth but I am a summer girl and love the heat. For those of you who like the cool mild weather you will love it her!
Con number two is traffic Washington State is very populated.There are definitely some cities that are more rural and not as many people but our bigger cities definitely have traffic. Seattle and Tacoma especially. Our freeways get very congested during peak travel times
CON number three- taxes our property taxes, gas tax, and sales tax is quite high compared to many other states. There really is not a benefit in this that I can find to help eases pain. The Average income in Washington is higher though to make up for some of the taxes and home appreciation is higher than most states .
Con number four our homeless problem. There is definitely a large amount of homeless especially in the city areas. Unfortunately I think this is happening nationwide and is not segregated to just Washington. Con number 5 is the threat of an earthquake or volcano. We are very lucky here in Washington State to not have many natural disasters but we do have the threat of the big earthquake that's supposed to occur in the next hundred years or so we also have some large mountains that have the threat of volcanic activity in the next hundred years or so. The last big one was in 1980 Mount st. Helens but we don't know when it will happen again.
Now it's time for the pros. The fun part!
Pro number one Washington is so beautiful! There is so much green due to the rain that we get We have many different waterways, lakes, rivers, and Puget Sound. There are gorgeous mountains and then you add the blue sunny skies and it is breathtaking!
Pro number two most years we have all four seasons. We don't have to extreme weather during any one season. This is a cool chart I found on best places net and there's also a chart of our typical weather pattern. I would have to disagree with this a little we do get some 90 degree weather in July typically. Winter is when the skies are the greyest. Our spring though is so pretty. There are so many flowers that bloom. There's tulips, daffodils, apple blossoms, flowering plum trees, and so many more. With the spring comes a little more rain. April showers bring May flowers is definitely true in Washington! Some years we have a fabulous summer and some years not so great. We always wish summer was just a little bit longer around here and we love our Indian summers! We always have beautiful flowers though in the summer. There is definitely time for lots of barbecues, camping and fun. Our fall is is filled with many beautiful colors. Many of our trees turn to a beautiful mix of red orange yellow sand browns and then they lose their leaves. We also have lots of evergreen trees so you can see green all year long. Things can get a little bit breezy at times in the fall but we will have sunny days with brisk evening temperatures and some rainy days.
Pro number three -there are tons of outdoor activities. We have beautiful mountains for hiking and skiing and camping. There's lots of lakes and rivers and the Puget Sound for fishing and boating and water activities. We have lots of trails and parks golf course. Because our weather is so mild you can do most of these year-round too, if you're adventurous.
Pro number four jobs we have many large employers here and many tech companies. Boeing, PACCAR, lots of medical, Amazon, Starbucks, Costco, Microsoft, Expedia, the seafood industr, Zillow, and Zulily are to name a few.
Pro number five there's lots of great landmarks, many cultures, and diversity. Pike Place Market, Seattle Space Needle and Mount Rainier, there's Puget Sound and national parks. There are so many fun things to do and see in Washington.
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