Living and Working in Seattle

The Seattle area - also referred to as the Puget Sound region - is a fantastic place to live and work. A top destination in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is located 113 miles (182 km) south of the U.S.-Canadian border. Being a technology hub and port of commerce, Seattle is a diverse and vibrant city. Despite the reputation for being a soggy city, Seattle’s annual average rainfall is less than Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Houston, New York or Miami. (Consider yourself in-the-know on a big Northwest secret: it doesn’t rain here all the time!) 

Surrounded by mountains and water, Seattle offers breathtaking views and numerous outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, climbing, cycling, camping, fishing and boating. Prefer to observe rather than participate? We have professional sports teams and are home to a huge summer festival that includes lightning-fast hydroplanes, too. If outdoor activities aren’t your speed, there’s plenty for you to do inside. The arts are well-represented in Seattle: galleries, theaters, dance, music, cinema and dining options from all corners of the globe are easily accessible. 

Where to Live?

Where do people in the Seattle area live? Depending on your needs, there’s a neighborhood tailor-made for you. From apartments and condos right in the city to quieter townhomes and single-family homes in the outlying communities, the Seattle area is a great place to live and work!

Washington State has become a center for global health on the world stage, and the Center for Infectious Disease Research is proud to be the first global health organization in the Seattle area. With our local partners and neighbors, the Center is helping to transform the Northwest into the biomedical research hub of the world.

Regional resources

Washington State Tourism
Neighborhood Guide
Discover South Lake Union
Visitor Guide
The Seattle Times
Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of Seattle Virtual Tour

School resources

Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Private Schools
Seattle Colleges and Universities

Housing resources

Craigslist Seattle
Seattle Rentals
Residential Seattle
City of Seattle - Office of Housing
Seattle Housing Authority

Transportation resources

King County Metro
Washington State Department of Transportation
Bicycle Alliance of Washington
ORCA SmartCard