The City of Seattle is home to about 700,000 people. If you count all the surrounding areas the number swells to 4 million. During the last census we found out that we are the fastest growing city in the nation. And you know what? It all makes sense. Because Seattle is the greatest place on earth and the secret is out.
1. We are diverse.
Seattle is a place where everyone is welcome. Being surrounded by people of all shapes, sizes, colors, cultures, and sexualities is the number one reason it is so much fun to live here. We love going out to events and meeting people with different backgrounds than we have. It makes it interesting and exciting and educational.
The diversity of individuals has manifested into a funky and unique city. We have mouthwatering restaurants that serve authentic food from around the world. We have music performances from all different genres. We have art museums with work from artists from all walks of life. Our neighborhoods are vibrant and change drastically depending on where you are. We have trolls living under our bridges and people handing out daffodils on street corners. Waking up in Seattle means waking up to a million interesting possibilities in the day ahead of you!
2. We have mountains, ocean, and so much green in between.
We have everything when it comes to geology! You can be in a rainforest in the morning, next be on an island whale watching in the afternoon, and fall asleep that night in the mountains surrounded by stars and snow. You can also conveniently hop on a bus and be at one of the many lakes in and around our city. It is truly magical and we pinch ourselves all the time to remember that yes, this is a real place, not a dream world Walt Disney made up.
3. Living a healthy life is a piece of cake.
Seattle makes living a healthy and active life easy and fun. Because of those mountains, oceans and lakes you have a big adult playground at your fingertips and a crazy range of activities to keep you entertained for decades. Try to hike every beautiful trail, kayak on every lake, and bike every path. The moderate weather means walking around the city is easy. There is no freezing snow or sweltering heat to keep you indoors. Queen Anne residents don't even have to enjoy hiking, they stay fit just from walking up their massive hill. Once you get done with your day just head into one of our many restaurants that serve local, organic, and fresh food.
4. We are chill AF
You can wear flannel to 99.9% of the establishments around town and no one will bat an eyelash. You could walk into a 5 star restaurant in cycling gear and they will strike up a conversation about what you ride. We don't place emphasis on what brand you are wearing or how much money you spend at the salon every month. We are much more interested in your actions and how you contribute positively to the community.
5. We set trends.
You don't have to wait five years for Kombucha to be a thing. You'll never have to ask yourself, "What is virtual reality?" You don't have to wonder what good beer tastes like as you sip your Bud Light. And you don't have to worry about hiding your pot. Seattle is hip and cool and does things before other places, which makes you feel cool when you travel and know about stuff other people don't. Go ahead, ask us our stance on play-based education or the proper device to brew coffee with (obvi it's a Chemex).
We count ourselves #blessed to live in our little corner of the world. What are some of your favorite things about Seattle? We would love to hear in the comments!