The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful and livable regions in the United States. Famous for its clean air and water and surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers and forests, the area is a marvelous place to visit and to call home.
Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, offers its residents the best of city and country living. Cultural attractions include world-class museums, art galleries, an aquarium, a zoo, professional and college sports, the symphony, the opera and large annual film and music festivals. If you love nature and the outdoors, you will find excellent running, biking, hiking, camping, boating and skiing nearby. See the Things to Do in Seattle section for more details.
For working professionals in the Seattle area, opportunities abound. Some of the world's top companies and institutions were started here and have major operations in the region, including Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Costco and REI. The city also has a strong start-up business and technology culture.
Seattle has a mild climate year-round with very little snow in the winter. It does tend to rain a bit, of course, but the city's average annual rainfall is less than that of Boston, New York or Miami. The rain keeps everything clean, green and growing!