The Evergreen State, known for its abundant evergreen forests, is a state full of outdoor recreational opportunities that range from island pleasures to mountain adventures. As one of the most popular areas in the nation, Washington will quickly become your favorite place to live.

Getting a Job

If you don’t already have a job in Washington, there are ample opportunities waiting for you. Consider Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks or Costco Wholesale. Headquartered in the state, these and other big businesses have created a thriving job market. Washington is also known as an agricultural leader, specifically for seafood, cherries, and apples.

Housing Opportunities

Seattle is perhaps one of the more expensive areas to put down roots, but with so many suburbs and smaller cities around, there are affordable housing opportunities for families of all income types. Vancouver, for example, is often a buyer’s market, as is Olympia.

The median home price in Washington is above the national average, coming in at $380,400, but health care, utilities, and other living costs are typically lower. With such abundant employment opportunities, it shouldn’t be a problem finding a house that suits your needs and fits within your budget.

Educational Institutions

In addition to the quality of elementary and secondary educational experiences, Washington residents have a wide range of higher education institutions to choose from. Washington State University, Evergreen State College, University of Washington and Big Bend Community College are just a few, with many others on the list. Some institutions are open-access, with others that have now-reduced tuitions.

Recreation and Tourism

Become a tourist in your own state by visiting some of the recreational destinations tourists like most. The Museum of Flight in Tukwila houses some of the most historic aircrafts’ in the nation. The Sky View Observatory gives you an interesting viewpoint of Seattle, Bellevue, the Olympic Mountains, and the Space Needle. The Mount Saint Helens National Monument is home to a visitor center packed with fun, interactive exhibits to teach you and your family all about its history.

If spending time close to home is more in line with the way your family works, check out one of a variety of hiking trails, camping spots, local parks, community theaters or farmers markets. Snowmobiling and snow skiing are common activities during the winter, and water play is a must during summer. Take the family boating, geocaching, exploring, sailing or whale watching and discover the surprises in the great outdoors that await you in Washington.