Another bonus of this fellowship program is getting to live in the Pacific Northwest. A variety of annual national surveys consistently rank Seattle as one of America’s most livable cities. Seattle is known for its safe neighborhoods, quality schools, high literacy rate, walkability, strong high-tech employment opporunities, and its diversity of outdoor activities. The area is home to a number of pro-sports teams, a prolific and well-known music and arts community, a variety of major biotech companies (from Amgen to the Institute for Systems Biology to Dendreon) and high-tech companies (like Amazon and Microsoft). Seattle is served by some of the country’s busiest international airports and seaports, which help support the region’s very strong trade ties with Pacific rim countries.
When you think about living in Seattle, you aren’t confined to the city itself. Lots of other great communities are nearby and within easy driving distance, from Issaquah to Tacoma to Everett. On your getaway weekends, the area has much to offer, from stunning island waterways to the northwest, to huge rainforests along the coast, two major mountain ranges in the center of the state, and farmland, hot deserts, and popular glacier lakes (like Lake Chelan) in the east.
Here are a few resources to check out as you explore living in the Seattle area: