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Things You Should Know Before Moving to Everett, WA

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Home to the largest public marina in the nation, the Pacific Northwestern city of Everett is a scenic, peaceful community and a former winner of the National Civic League's All-America City Award.

If you are planning or considering a move to this beautiful and relaxing city, read on for more information on how to make your transition a smooth and easy one.

Everett Climate

Though it can get a bit wet, weather in Everett is even and mild. The city's climate is influenced by marine air masses which keep temperatures moderate and reduce variations between seasons much more than regions further inland.

Winter temperatures usually range from the 30s to the mid-40s, and summers are mild with lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s. Rain is ample--49-inches a year. However, snowfall is rather infrequent, accumulating to only about eight inches annually.

Everett Neighborhoods

The city's Silver Lake neighborhood is considered one of the most desirable areas in the city. Located in the southeast section of Everett, this commercial and residential area boasts a lower cost of living than the city as a whole, low crime rates, and easy access to local amenities. You can also head down to the lake's shores to sunbathe, swim or have a family picnic.

Another great area to settle is Holly. This industrial, commercial and residential area features reasonable housing (apartments, condominiums and single-family homes) low living costs, and plentiful nearby options in shopping and dining. Public transit, parks, libraries and schools are also easily accessible.

The Bayside neighborhood features the central business district, the scenic waterfront, and residential areas. Diverse architecture (mill worker cottages and historic homes), tree-lined streets, and a plethora of small and large businesses give this region its charm.

Registering Your Car

As a new resident of Washington, you will be required to update your plates and registration within 30 days of relocating. To do so, you can visit any DOL location or submit the following documents by mail: notarized Vehicle Certificate of Ownership Application, out of state title, and check or money order for the associated fees.

Your driver's license must also be transferred within 30 days of your arrival in the state. You will need to pass a vision test, show proof of identity (in addition to your current out-of-state license), and your Social Security number. There will also be $35 application fee and a $45 licensing fee, payable with cash, check or credit. Your license can be updated at any Washington DOL office in your area.

Everett Schools

Most of the city is served by the Everett Public School district. The system operates 26 facilities with an enrollment of nearly 19,000 students. The district's Gateway Middle School has been called one of the best in the state, and was named a Washington School of Achievement several times.

However, parts of southwestern Everett are served by the Mukilteo School District, which operates public education in the town of Mukilteo, as well as parts of Everett, Lynwood, and Edmonds. The system has 17 schools and 14,000 students.

For higher education, you can obtain an associate's degree at the two-year Everett Community College. Other options include City University-- a private college in nearby Seattle which offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees; and Western Washington University-- a public college located in Bellingham.

Everett Employment

Major job sectors in the city are service, technology and aerospace. Top employers include Boeing, Naval Station Everett, Esterline Control Systems, Fluke Electronics, Providence Regional Medical Center, Snohomish County, State of Washington, Everett Clinic, Everett Schools, Frontier Communications Northwest, and Aviation Technical Services.

If you are looking for a job in the city, you can search for positions on the government website. You can also visit the Everett Chamber of Commerce for information and resources for starting your own business in the city.

Living Costs in the City

The cost of living in the city is slightly high, at about 12 percent greater than the national average overall. Housing costs and healthcare are the highest expenses, at about 28 percent and 29 percent greater than average respectively. The median list price for a home in the city is $235,000.

Transportation costs are about 11 percent above the mean, and grocery costs are six percent above average.

However, utility costs are low--nine percent less than the typical American city. Additionally, the state of Washington does not levy an income tax.

Everett Moving Resources

There are many moving and storage companies located in Everett that are waiting to help you relocate to your new home. Be sure to do your research and obtain estimates from several different services before choosing one for hire. You can compare online quotes from many different moving companies and other services to aid you in your move, whether you are coming from the next city or overseas. Visit the following pages here at to get fast quotes for the following services:

Everett Transportation

Public transportation in the city is operated by Everett Transit. The system provides local bus service to 6,800 passengers in the city each day. Additionally, Sound Transit provides commuter train as well as bus service to nearby Seattle and Bellevue. Community Transit connects Everett with other areas in Snohomish County.

For long-distance travel, Amtrak offers train service via the Empire Builder and Cascades lines to other cities, and Greyhound operates the inter-city bus service in the area. All of these bus and train lines can be caught at the city's transportation hub Everett Station.

Culture and Contemporary Life

Head to downtown Everett for arts, theatre, dining and culture. Sculptures line the streets, and museums, performance halls, seafood grilles and brewpubs are abundant.

The Comcast Arena, the Everett Performing Arts Center, the Village Theatre Company and the historic Everett Theatre are all great places to see a show. The Schack Art Center offers an interactive creative experience where you can view exhibits of beautifully-crafted art as well as participate in workshops to create your own.

If you're looking for leisure, spend a relaxing afternoon at the Port Gardner Bay Winery with a few glasses of vino, a little cheese and live music. You can also take a wine-making class and learn how to make your very own vintage.

Summer in this waterfront city also brings many activities and events to enjoy. Visit the marina for Everett Farmer's Market on Sundays or attend a free show in the Waterfront Concert Series on Thursday nights. Every August the marina promenade displays work from local artists during the Fresh Paint Festival, and in September the Tenth Street Park on the waterfront hosts the Everett Coho Derby.

Everett Relocation Tips

  • Be sure to pack your umbrella and invest in flood insurance! Like much of the Pacific Northwest, the city is quite prone to rain.
  • Get moving quotes from several movers in the city before choosing one to hire. You can start today right here at
  • Grab a copy of the city's newspaper The Everett Herald to learn more about community news and events.

Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on June 28, 2013

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