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Tips when moving to Seattle, the Emerald City

Seattle is called the Emerald City for its lush evergreen forest. The city is home to an urban forest with around 4.35 million trees and tree-like shrubs. Along Seattle’s streets are more or less 130,000 trees. The city that is famous for coffee culture is indeed a haven for nature lovers, too.

The city has a rainy reputation, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors on a sunny spring and summer. Hiking and kayaking are only some of the many outdoor activities that you can do during those seasons.

Seattle apart from being one of the most-liked cities in the US, is also one of the most attractive settlements. In fact, the city is now listed as the 19th best place to live in the country for its natural splendor, eclectic cultural diversity and a rich social scene.

It is also home to very well-known giants Amazon and Microsoft. These big companies draw professionals from around the world which contributes to a vibrant and growing tech industry.

A lot of great opportunities for careers in cybersecurity, cloud computing, and data analytics can be found in Seattle. These entice a lot of people to move or relocate even though the cost of living in the city keeps on rising and is now around 50 percent higher than the national average. Moving in the city means high rent and food costs, so if you’re planning to relocate, you might want to consider renting first.

Here’s a few tips before renting in Seattle.

Compared to its neighboring cities, Seattle is 34 percent more expensive when it comes to rent. If you choose to live in the city, make sure you’re prepared to pay a little extra. Out of approximately 344,000 households in the city, 53% is renter occupied. This shows that more people prefer renting an apartment over buying their own home.

Before moving to Seattle, make sure to visit Zumper first for more information about the city, especially the city’s rental landscape. Zumper, a rental listing site and one of the largest and fastest-growing rental platform in North America shows that the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Seattle which is currently $1,795, has had a 20% increase compared last year. Meanwhile, based on the average rent last month, there was a -1% decrease to $1,286 for a studio apartment, 3% increase to $1,795 for a 1-bedroom apartment and an increase of 5% to $2,500 on the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment.

Looking at Zumper’s Market Summary for Seattle, there are 1,284 1-bedroom apartment available for rent; 717 available for 2-bedroom, 187 for 3-bedroom, and 66 for 4-bedroom. All types of apartments have increased their rental price within a year.

Depending on the neighborhood, you can find a studio apartment for as low $750, as low as $1150 for a one-bedroom, a two-bedroom for $1150, $1745 for a 3-bedroom unit and $2595 for a four-bedroom apartment.

Seattle is undeniably among the best places to live in the United States. The city is famous for being environmentally friendly and the residents earn above-average income. Despite the high cost of living, you’ll still enjoy all the perks that this big city can offer because there are many open doors for great opportunities to earn, to learn and experience something worthwhile.

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