Moving to Washington State

Downtown Seattle as seen from the Kerry park in the evening

If you are relocating to Washington State, you may be familiar with the state and you may not be. If you are not, please read the following article for some helpful tips and information for your upcoming move. Washington State is located at the Pacific Northwest region. It is situated on the south of British Colombia, which is the capital of Canada. It was named after George Washington who was the first President of the United States. It is the 13th most densely populated state in the US. The state has a large number of quality schools, universities, organizations, hospitals, parks, museums, restaurants, cinema, clubs, bars and other diverse places. There are some things that are important to know before moving to Washington State.

Washington State is the 18th largest state and the different cities in the state are completely at a noticeable distance from each other. Living in Kent is completely different from living in Seattle. All the places have their interesting things going on. Every city provides a vast range of opportunities for everyone.

1. Moving services and tips

Washington is a wonderful place to live in with many exciting and interesting opportunities. Some of the most important points for you to know before relocating to the state include:

  • You should always research when looking at potential movers. Do not be fooled by the “low price”. You should research your movers with the better business bureau, the US department of transportation and state agencies like MMTA – the Maryland motor truck association, or, in VA the VMWA – the Virginia Movers and warehouseman’s association.
  • When you are planning a move from coast to coast you will have plenty to do, so planning is key for a successful relocation.
  • You should always research when looking at potential movers. Do not be fooled by the “low price”. You should research your movers with the better business bureau, the US department of transportation and state agencies like MMTA – the Maryland motor truck association, or, in VA the VMWA – the Virginia Movers and warehouseman’s association.
  • When moving to Washington State you should consider holding a “packing party”. You can provide all the food and drinks you can even play some upbeat music and allow your friends to help supervise or actually help you pack all those pots and pans.
  • No place is better for a wine lover than this state. Washington is famous for its fondness for beer and pubs. If you have an expensive wine collection, please call us so we can properly prepare.
  • When moving out of state and relocating you should take the time and notify official agencies about your upcoming move: get a change of address form, call the gas company, electric company, phone, internet Etc.
  • The state is full of natural beauty and there are lots of options for hiking, cycling, skipping and hiking. So if you love sports and being physically active, Washington is the place for you! People love to engage in healthy physical activities here to keep themselves fit. Different sports like inner tubing, scuba diving, hiking and many other sports are also very popular.
2. Highways and public transport

Getting around will not be a problem in Washington. Before the move, you’ll want to find the best route to your new home. The transportation system in the state is well structured and systematic. A system of highways in the city is known as State Routes. The state of Washington is also well known for a huge ferry system which is also the biggest in the United States. The Washington State Department of Transportation is responsible for managing the transportation in the state. The total number of airports present in the state is 16.

3. Climate

Depending on where in the state you are moving to, you may experience may different climates. The state of Washington is huge and every part has a different climate. The climate of the east is largely distinct from that of the west. Where the western part of Washington has a humid and coastal marine climate, the eastern part is much drier during summers. High level of humidity remains high in the western side. There is also infrequent rain during the winter season.

4. Education

Moving to Washington can benefit you if you are looking for higher education. The state is home to some of the best educational institutions in the United States. It is also a preferred state by international students who come to study in the United States. The state has more than forty colleges and universities for higher education. The different types of colleges include research institutes, technical colleges, business schools, career colleges and various institutes for arts and design. Some of the most famous universities include:

  • University of Washington
  • Western Washington University
  • Seattle Vocational Institute
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Bellevue College
  • Washington State University
  • Community Colleges of Spokane
  • Northwest Indian College
  • Centralia College
  • Renton Technical College
  • Seattle Colleges District
  • Central Washington University
  • Federal Way
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Green River College
5. Government

Interstate movers are licensed by the FMCSA. TO check if a company is in good rating with DOT, please check here. The American Moving and Storage association also regulates moving companies. To check if a mover is a ProMover please visit here.

Washington has a separate state government. A governor is elected every four years through state election. The legislature has a lower and an upper House of Representatives. The total number of legislative districts is 49 - each one has a separate senator and representative. The supreme court of Washington State is the highest with the strongest authority present in the state. The districts are responsible for management of the public transportation, state owned buildings, fire protection agencies and the overall infrastructure in the specific area.

6. Cities / metro areas

There are so many great neighborhoods in the state. You’ll want to research some of them to choose the best spot for you. Please look online here for a list of cities and more information about them individually. The largest city in Washington State is Seattle with a population of more than 600,000 people. The second and third most populous cities are Spokane and Tacoma respectively. The metropolitan cities in western Washington are very liberal and modernized. The state as a whole can be considered liberal. However, some rural areas and small towns are conservative. Most of the eastern Washington is also a little conservative. Some of the best historical buildings and educational institutions are present in the state. It is a highly preferred destination for tourism.

7. Cost of living

Moving to Washington State will likely mean adapting to a higher cost of living. The cost of living in the state of Washington is around 17% higher than the national average. Everything in the state including real estate prices, food and commodities, transportation, educational institutes are a little higher than other states in the US. However, with an expensive living, the state also has higher than average wages and pay scale. Comparing the average wages to average costs, the average wages are greater, thus making it a favorable and positive place to live in, from an economic point of view.

8. Schools

No doubt when making a move with children, one of the biggest concerns will be where your children will attend school. Please check the area that you are relocating to discover more about the school your children may attend. For a list of schools and ratings, visit here. The state of Washington has a large schooling system. More than 1,200,000 students are enrolled in different schools of various cities in the Washington state. The total number of state educational service districts is nine. The schools are technologically advanced with proper database management systems. The Washington School Information Processing Cooperative is responsible for providing information management systems to all the schools present in Washington State.

Washington State Office of Superintendent manages the elementary and secondary schools. Different schools related to arts and culture, science and technology, mathematics and engineering etc. are present. Some of the famous schools include:

  • Tacoma School of the Arts
  • Vancouver school of Arts
  • The Delta High School
  • SAMI (Science and Math Institute)
  • Raisbeck Aviation High School
  • Tesla STEM High School
  • West Woodland Elementary School
  • Rosa Parks Elementary
  • Alcott Elementary
  • Medina Elementary School
9. Media outlets

Before moving to Washington, you may be interested in the activities and politics of the state. Life in Washington is very active and different activities are taking place in the state continuously. To know more about the life in Washington, it is important to follow a reliable source of information.

The most widely read newspaper is The Seattle Times. The newspaper covers all the important aspects including economics, health, finance, weather and employment opportunities. Other famous newspapers in the state include: The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, The Daily of the University of Washington. The University of Washington’s paper is published five working days of the week.

The Seattle Times

It is the largest and most widely read newspaper in the state of Washington. It is also the largest circulated Sunday newspaper in the whole Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, it is the only popular newspaper in print without any rivals.

10. About Movers USA

Just thinking of relocation can generate anxiety in many people. In today’s era of busy and structured lives, relocation is not something that is easy to consider. Since there are so many factors involved when planning a move to another city, it takes a right amount of strategic planning and implementation. Important factors such as handling finances, finding the right transportation, buying and selling of houses, contacting the right real estate agencies, choosing the quality educational institutions, selecting a right neighborhood and landing a good job - all these points are taken into consideration before making a move.

Since so many factors are involved, it is very important to choose a reliable and trusted organization. Movers USA is a professional company dealing in this market niche from the last 30 years. With high quality and trained staff, they have never failed to meet the needs and requirements of a mover.

Movers USA knows exactly how to go through the process of relocation efficiently. Even relocating within one city is so difficult, let alone out of state moving. The Movers USA is an expert in managing all kinds of moving be it within the city or out of the country!

The staff working for us at Movers USA is highly professional and qualified. It is mandatory for our staff to get certain certifications that improve our set of skills. No wonder our company has reached peak of success in market niche with delivering the best quality of services to its clients.

Movers USA also have well maintained and structured trucks. Our trucks are especially designed to facilitate any type of items for relocation. Movers USA has the best and most qualified consultants too. A regular and supportive customer service is provided throughout the process of relocation. So if you are afraid of planning your next relocation, do not panic and choose Movers USA! You can then sit back and enjoy while your new life is another city is being prepared!