I have lived in the Seattle/Olympia area for 1.5 years. I originally left from Oklahoma to escape what I thought was a terrible environment. Little did I know I was moving into the worst city/area in the country. There is no reason to travel here unless 1. You intend to torture yourself or someone else 2. You are training to become a douchebag 3. You are already a douchebag and would like to be around other douchebags.
1. No Backbone
People that had before complained incessantly about their job or other aspects of their life will quickly show their hypocritical nature if they stand to benefit. For instance, I have seen individuals talk shit about a company for a month straight, and then once promoted, abandon their “values” altogether and get upset when other coworkers aren't suddenly "bro" about the workplace. No one here seems to care, either. What I mean to say, individuals do not hold by their convictions here and do not care about integrity. Jumping on the bandwagon is the most important thing.
2. No sense of style, creativity or critical thought
A follow up to the band wagon characteristic, “individuals” here are hardly that. These are not intelligent, engaging, useful contributors to society. These people seek to debate the frivolous details or put their nose into your business rather than examine their own lives.
3. Everyone is preoccupied with how things appear as opposed to how things are
Vibes are more important than values. Nothing runs too deep here which results in virtually every aspect of life being devoid of substance or meaning. Like so many terrible characteristics of the Puget Sound, this attribute is difficult to put into words.
4. Cloistered lifestyle leads to lack of cultural insights or ability to navigate social situations
People here have not traveled much or lived outside the area long, and it really shows. I think the “Seattle Freeze” is just a mechanism people here employ to keep transplants from finding out how truly lame they are.
5. Passive aggression reigns king
No one is direct about anything. If someone at work has a small issue or concern, expect them to gossip to someone who will tell someone to tell another person to mention it to you in passing. Everyone from age 16 to age 80 behaves more or less the same. It’s especially strange to see professors or educated peoples behaving like kids throwing a temper tantrum.
6. Incompetence is everywhere
Practically every aspect of daily life is a nightmare. The few people who do work for a living are terrible at their jobs but blissfully unaware of it.
7. Forget about sex
If you ever enjoyed sex, or the vague prospect of it, forget that now. The people here are not interested in sex. The women behave strangely and will flirt to gain your attention, but it will never go beyond that. A big part of this has to do with how co-dependent people are here. Women and men tend to date whomever they went to high school with for years, and when that fails, someone else is already in line. There must be 4 men for every woman here, facilitating a situation in which men have to do all the work, put out all the effort, receive zero reciprocation and smile in spite of it. The way women treat their men here is horrendous. Mixed with the feminist sentiments of nearby colleges, it creates men who are thoughtless cowards, basically operating as puppets for their bitter, critical, ineffectual, smelly, wretched girlfriends.
8. Housing is a joke
Finding an apartment is ridiculous. In Washington, third-party verification companies hold all the cards. A renter will present their outrageous criteria to On-Site or Sun Screening, and 4 days and $42 bucks later they will tell you “We’re sorry, we can’t let you live here.” If your credit score isn’t high enough it’s because you don’t make 4 times the rent. At other places, you cannot make more than 2 times the rent (how the fuck is that possible?) Beware. Apartments will claim so long as you work it will be fine, but a few days later ask for a massive double deposit, or a co-signer from the area, and that’s if you’re lucky.
In summation, avoid this place forever. The people are too far gone to be helped. I’m so glad to be going back home to Oklahoma where people are at least slightly practical, logical, emotional and human.