I just moved where I'm at from nearby Tacoma (Seattle and Tacoma share the major airport), and have friends and relatives in Seattle. When I went up there, this is what I witnessed: Lots of busy people with business. Boeing, Microsoft, etc. Coffee shops are king. And not just Starbucks. Seattle downtown is crowded and expensive, like all the big cities. People usually live in a suburb and commute. That's why I liked living in Tacoma, though it's getting too big for its britches too. If you disliked traffic jams in the biggest city in the US without an Interstate belt (Austin, TX), you'll find the freeways are misnamed up there. Traffic jams abound everywhere. You'd think the drivers would be used to wet or snowy weather but it's a madhouse on the major freeways. Washington in general is behind on road repairs. Culture shock: Only 4 country and western stations on FM dial up and down Interstate 5 in Washington. You can hear two of them downtown, though. Temperature note: In 2005, the temperature in June went 88, 88, 89 during a three day span. The National Weather Service issued its first-ever heat advisory for Seattle on those last two days. Not kidding, Seattle's first ever heat warning since starting their NWS station in 1890. It rains ANY time, but the sunny days are up in the 70's and 80's in the summer. Winter, it rains every day, and the temperature that close to Canada is comparable to Canada. It snows. This past winter it snowed for maybe a week or two. You can find all the culture (live music, jogging, sports, theatre) you can stand up there.