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Seattle: 7 Reasons Why You Don't Want to Live Here

Updated on May 3, 2011


I have lived here for the majority of my 25 years on this earth and I can certainly tell you, the grass isn't any greener here then in other places. That doesn't make it all bad. Though for the purposes of the informative hub, let's go over 7 reasons you DON'T want to live in Seattle.

Traffic! Yuck!

There are a lot of fun places, events and people to see in Seattle. Though in order to get there, you're going to have to plan around traffic!

I-5, Hwy 99, 520, I-90, I-405. These are just some of the main roads throughout Seattle and nearly all them are backed up between the hours of 5am-8am, 11am-2pm and 4pm-8pm. This means that if you have a job that requires you to be anywhere in the middle of these hours, you'd better hope to live close to your work. You'll also need to plan for the traffic any time you need to run errands, go on fun adventures or take vacations.

To exasperate issues. the state has decided to toll the 520 and I-90 bridges as I-405. This means that most people will be taking I-5 and other main roads that are normally clear, in order to avoid paying a toll.

Can you say "Bumper-to-Bumper"?

Wet Wet WET!

We are the third rainiest place on earth. Sometimes we are even the second wettest...

The rain is absolutely wonderful for all the plant life around and the more of it we have, the more our electricity rates drop. Though in order to reap those benefits, you'll have to learn to live with the rain.

I can personally attest to the fact that sometimes in the summer, it will be a cloudless sunny sky and you'll still feel little sprinkles of rain. Most days aren't that cloud free though.

The rain doesn't stop natural born and long term Seattlites from doing much of anything. We play sports, go to the zoo, enjoy festivals and go about our lives pretty much as if the rain weren't even there. For those who aren't used to the rain or whom have a disposition against wettness, Seattle can be a pretty dreary place most of the time.

Sucky Schools

It's always been a good laugh for those whom have attended Seattle schools, to joke about their ignorance or problems with certain skills. We just say "Oh I went to a Seattle School." and everybody laughs. Can't spell? Seattle schools. Can't read very well? Seattle Schools. Have a hard time with math? Seattle schools....

Now, I'm not going to try to suggest that the Seattle school system is the cause or reason for every persons problems. It certainly isn't. Though if you look it up, you'll find that Seattle is one of the worst places to educate a k-8 or high school student. The classrooms are too full, the schools are underfunded and the district plain old stinks. The teachers are often mis-educated, under-trained and undervalued. With classrooms being so full, they are often over worked as well. On top of these problems, the state refuses to allow charter schools. Which leaves you with three options: Public School, Private School or Homeschooling. And even if you choose to home-school (which is a wise choice and growing in popularity are here), you're child will still have to pass the same ridiculus tests that every other Seattle District school child has too.

If your child makes it to college through Seattle schools, then they have some fantastic options as far as colleges go. Even the community colleges receive pretty high marks. The only problem is that they will probably have to work a job to cover their college expenses, as the state legislature continues to cut college funding support, instead of their own pay checks....

Cost of Living

We aren't the most expensive city to live in. Though we are far from the cheapest and not even close to catching even. According to, we are more than halfway above average in the cost of house, health care, transportation and groceries. Even though we aren't the most expensive, there are dozens of near by cities that cost less and pay more (if you have to live in Washington) and more than a million other cities around the world that cost way less.

Most of this comes through taxes. We don't have an income tax, though we do have tons of sales taxes, school taxes and public safety taxes. On top of this we pay extra for any incidents caused by our hectic winters. We are also looking at footing the bill for building a deep bore tunnel, that no one really wants or trusts...

Pollution Over The Water

Japan is one of the most polluted countries on earth so far.

So what does this have to do with Seattle? Well, if you watch the jet stream that flows over the pacific ocean, you'll see that the jet stream slams into the west coast in nearly every place. Which mean that their pollution and contaminants consistently travel over here to Seattle. We don't get nearly as much as L.A., though it's worse then cities in central states.

It's Crowded!

There are only a few areas of Seattle left, that aren't completely dotted with houses. We have 563,374 people living in Seattle. The city is so packed, that the only place to go is up. Even in the smaller areas that aren't in the heart of Seattle, developers have already started trying to buy up all the quaint house with the intention of building squished together condos, duplexes and mile high apartments.

On top of the regulars who live here, we get extra packed at various times of the year from the numerous numbers of tourists that come to enjoy our cities festivities and history.

It's Cold!

I had many friends who have moved here from places all over the globe. Many of them aren't the hottest places on earth, but they are often still warmer then Seattle. Our average temperature is between 45 and 65. On the coldest days it can go lower than 24* F and on our record for the warmest day was 99*F. Though on average, our warmest summer days never go over 93* F.

If you've lived here all your life, it's not nearly as noticeable, though you will probably melt if you go anywhere warmer. Though if you've ever thought of moving here and you're not used to cold rainy days on a regular basis, then you might want to plan to bring lots of sweaters and possibly a parka....


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    • BizGenGirl profile image

      Bema Self 6 years ago from Seattle

      Sadly, I haven't been able to visit Ireland yet, though I hope to someday soon. From what I've read about climate and other issues, it does seem pretty similar! lol.

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      Sp Greaney 6 years ago from Ireland

      This reminds me of Ireland...

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thanks for sharing.

      I now look forward to reading many more of your hubs.

      Take care