Living in Seattle

Whether you're a Pacific Northwest native or new to the area, Seattle is a great city to live in. Here are a few reasons our residents love this city:

  1. You can see Mt. Rainier from downtown! And sometimes from the 18th floor of the hospital.

    Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainer in the background
     
     
  2. Yes, it does rain frequently. But not as much as you would think. In fact, Seattle gets only 38 inches of rain yearly, which is less than cities such as Houston, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Miami and Boston. Seattle does have more rainy days (158 per year) which is likely what gives the city its reputation. When it does rain it is more of a drizzle than a heavy downpour.
     
     
  3. Summers are incredible! From June to September most days are sunny, averaging 75 degrees with very little humidity. It doesn't get much better than that. Perfect for summertime barbecuing.
     
    Sunset at Golden Gardens beach in Ballard after a day of barbecuing.
    Sunset at Golden Gardens beach in Ballard after a day of barbecuing.
     
     
  4. Water is everywhere! Enjoy those beautiful summer days renting a boat on Lake Washington, paddle boarding around Green Lake, kayaking around the arboretum, relaxing on Alki Beach, or just admiring the view of downtown across Lake Union from Gasworks Park.
     
    A boat drifts by the arboretum on its way from Lake Union to Lake Washington.
    A boat drifts by the arboretum on its way from Lake Union to Lake Washington.
     

     
  5. Outdoor adventures abound. If you like to hike, climb, ski, or simply enjoy gorgeous scenery, you can find wonders just outside the city. In fact, it's quite possible to go for a hike on a day off and encounter a beautiful waterfall or two ...
     
    Wallace Falls — spotted by two interns on an actual day off from wards!
    Wallace Falls — spotted by two interns on an actual day off from wards!
     
     
  6. Sports are huge. Between the Mariners, the Sounders and the Seahawks, there is plenty of city sports pride to go around, and exciting games to watch. You'll notice many patients tuned into the Seahawks games on Sundays.

    A medicine resident, a radiology resident, and an anesthesia resident at a Mariners game.
    A medicine resident, a radiology resident, and an anesthesia resident at a Mariners game.
     

  7. The food scene rocks. Where do we start? Seattle's amazing restaurants. Molly Moon's Ice Cream. Bakery Nouveau. Food trucks. Weekend farmers' markets. Not to mention microbreweries in Ballard, wineries in Woodinville, and the most coffee shops per capita in the U.S. You can find pretty much anything you want, and much, much more. Plus a favorite of Virginia Mason residents: brunch.

    Celebrating the end of a night shift with an epic breakfast!
    Celebrating the end of a night shift with an epic breakfast!
     

  8. Bikes and animals are welcome. If you can make it up the hills, Seattle is an incredibly bike-friendly city with dedicated bike lanes on many major roads and bike trails such as the Burke-Gilman, which runs for miles. There are also a ton of dog parks and dog-friendly establishments. One of our residents even lives in a building with a dog park on the roof!

    Bikes stopped at a brewery along the Burke-Gilman trail … typical Seattle.
    Bikes stopped at a brewery along the Burke-Gilman trail … typical Seattle.
     

  9. Direct flights to Hawaii! When those long cloudy winter months are getting you down, sunny Hawaii beaches are just a plane flight away. Indeed, many residents made the trip to Hawaii this year.

    Sitting on the beach in Maui to escape the winter.
    Sitting on the beach in Maui to escape the winter.
     

  10. Vancouver and Portland are a short drive away. Other popular destinations for our residents. Within 2 to 3 hours by car, you have a fun weekend getaway.