If you’re planning on moving to Seattle, Washington in the future, then read this post in its entirety. These are just a few observations that I’ve come across since moving here from Kansas City and I have to say that this place is definitely unique. Seattle is basically split into four main areas that people live. There is the East side (including Bellevue/Kirkland/Redmond and all of their suburbs), Seattle (downtown and nearby suburbs), Bothell/University District to the North, and Tacoma to the South. These areas are distinct due to Lake Washington right in the middle of the metropolitan area. I’ve lived on the East side for most of my time here in Seattle.

On the East side, you have Bellevue, Washington which has its own downtown area with big skyscrapers and a very clean layout. You’ll rarely see hippies wandering the streets since most of the area is business oriented. This is much different than the Seattle side. Over there, you will find the real ‘culture’ of the city. From live music, Pike’s Place Market, and yes – hippies galore. In the rest of this post, I’ll mainly be speaking about my observations of the Seattle side, but a lot of these pertain to the overall metropolitan area.

Seattle Washington’s Pro’s and Con’s

Seattle Washington CultureIf you are a music fan, then you already know that Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Nirvana ruled the 90’s from right here in Seattle, Washington. The population’s regard of these bands, no matter the rest of the nation’s opinion, will always remain extremely high. Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones are also from Seattle. While a lot of cities have their own bands’ claim to fame, Seattle wins by a long shot. There are too many here to list, but you can do some research online about it. Currently, it seems like one out of every ten great new bands hails from Seattle. Since I’m a huge music nut, of course I love this place. For more Seattle WA 90’s Music All-Stars, then check out the next page.

There is something that I noticed before I even started my Seattle Washington company, that I didn’t like so much though. This is called the “Seattle Freeze.” I had heard about it before, but didn’t pay much attention. Apparently, the residents of Seattle give a sort of ‘cold shoulder’ to tourists and people that are new to town. This stems from the city’s early roots back when it was populated by Swedish and Norwegian loggers. These people were generally polite, but guarded. Apparently everyone here is now. I guess that’s okay for me, since I am generally that way by nature, but it takes people around here a lot longer to warm up to ‘strangers.’ There is something more to this as well. It’s hard to find people who actually say what they mean. There are a lot of passive people here who don’t really say what they are actually thinking. Granted, they’re polite, but it’s what they aren’t saying that sort of gets to me. Be it good or bad, I’d rather have someone speak their mind. I’m from the Midwest and that’s what I’m used to. I think it makes communication less complicated.

Seattle People are a Little Strange

The culture of Seattle is one of the things that took some getting used to. Coming from a very conservative demographic, the clothes that some of these people were wearing out in public blew my mind. Maybe it’s because I spent a lot of time near Pike’s Place, but there were so many oddball things going on I couldn’t believe it. There were people walking through the streets smoking marijuana and not even hiding it. There were people on skateboards with backpacks that looked like stuffed animals. There were even people dressed up like grungy animals…not full on costumes or anything, but accessories like cat tails and ear warmers that looked like cat ears. Very strange indeed. I guess these people must have been going to a rave party or something. Besides the weirdness of the clothing that people were wearing, there were a lot of really cool things I noticed on my first few trips to downtown Seattle. You can’t walk a block without seeing a coffee shop. Sure, there’s Starbucks everywhere here, but there are so many little privately owned coffee shops that give them a run for their money. If you like coffee, then you’ll love a walk through downtown Seattle near the market.

There are plenty more things to mention, but these were my biggest observations of the culture as soon as I moved to Seattle, Washington. If you like coffee, music, hipsters, and whale watching, then you’ll most likely like Seattle. Stay tuned for my next post in which I’ll dive into ‘things to do in Seattle.’