There are lots of popular Myths about Seattle that need to be corrected if you are thinking of moving to Seattle. Here are My Top 3 Things to Know When You are Thinking About Moving to Seattle.
Seattle actually has a very diverse industry base . Yes, both Microsoft and Boeing are large employers and we have industry leaders in Biotechnology, International Trade and Shipping, Technology, Retail, Philanthropy, Arts. Our University of Washington (UW) even has an established program for cultivating future business innovation and entrepreneurship called "The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship"
#2 That we only drink coffee - Myth.
While Seattle does boast the origin of Starbucks and Starbucks has unloosed Seattle's (and the World's) hidden inner caffeine fiend, we are also well know for our Microbreweries , and supporting Eastern Washington's growing Wine Industry with wine tastings and educational programs from the Enological Society (okay so they are not all focused on Washington's wineries!)
#3 That "...it rains Nine Months of the Year in Seattle" - "Sleepless In Seattle " - Myth.
Yes, we do have a lot of drizzly gray days but our average Seattle rain fall is actually only 36 inches compared to 60" in New Orleans, 58" in Miami, 44" in Boston, 40" in New York City, 39" in Washington DC, 34" in Chicago, 19" in San Fransisco, 12" in L.A. per our Northwest Weather Room . We can have a month of straight gloomy, gray drizzle usually in November, and we can have dazzling sunshine in the middle of January like we did several times last January and on the weekends too! The Grand Opening of The Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park on January 20th & 21st 2007, was an outdoor celebration in bright sunshine, and wow (!) did Seattle come out to see it's newest outdoor space!
So now you know a few things about Seattle to overturn what I think are the 3 Top Myths about Seattle. Of course I am sure there are more...let me know what you have heard about Seattle...and I'll add some more to my Things to Know About Seattle!