Everyone’s Moving to Seattle (and We Know Why!)

The Penske truck rental company just analyzed their nationwide reservation data and found out that Seattle is in the top five cities people are migrating to! The top five were as follows:

  1. Charlotte, North Carolina
  2. Sarasota, Florida
  3. Seattle, Washington
  4. Denver, Colorado
  5. Houston, Texas

So why are so many people moving to Seattle? We went ahead and compiled our own list of five reasons the city is so popular–and while the first draft was pretty much just the names of our favorite restaurants in Fremont, hopefully the finished product is a little more far-reaching.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Five Fortune 500 companies are currently based in Seattle: Washington Mutual, Safeco, Nordstrom, Amazon, and Starbucks. It’s also a great place for start-ups, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has called Seattle “No. 2 technology hub in the country.”

Distinct Neighborhoods

Ballard, Fremont, Belltown, Upper Queen Anne, Lower Queen Anne, Downtown, Pioneer Square…it’s enough to make a newbie’s head spin. Few cities in the US have such a diverse set of neighborhoods, with distinct cultural identities and complete neighborhood pride among the residents. As Seattle Magazine put it, “Neighborhoods are like family members–they all have distinct personalities.” (For information on particular neighborhoods, check out the SeattleRentals.com Neighborhood Pages.)

No State Income Tax

Only nine states in the US refrain from charging state income tax, and Washington is one of them. This makes it an attractive option for professionals who are considering relocation.

The Music Scene

From the Jackson Street Jazz scene in the 1940s to the better-known Grunge history of the 1990s, Seattle has played host to so many famous musicians and bands over the years, including Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, The Ventures, Jimi Hendrix, and (of course) Nirvana. Today we have the Experience Music Project and a full calendar of music festivals to keep the music playing.

Water and Mountains and Views, Oh My!

When you first relocate to Seattle, it’s actually hard to keep all of the different bodies of water straight–there are so many of them! Positioned right on the Sound, dotted with lakes, and with views of snow-capped mountains on at least two sides, Seattle enjoys a uniquely natural setting for its urban landscape.

Are you a recent transplant to Seattle? What drew you to the Emerald City? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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