Seattle East: A Comparison of New York City and Seattle

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If you haven’t noticed, there is a new trend in New York and it's not being set by hipsters. If you're not too sure what it is, the puddles outside your apartment that have become permanent reservoirs are a dead give away. However, if you're still unclear, the new trend is rain. This new trend began to make me wonder: are we becoming Seattle? We have more coffee shops than employed people, I've been noticing more flannel then normal, and New Yorkers' tans have subsided to a fine milky paste (although it seems to still be very sunny in Staten Island).

If we are becoming Seattle East, what are some other similarities we have to our soon-to-be conjoined twin Seattle?

Seattle, Washington

  • Area: 83.87
  • Population Density:  6,941
  • Air Pollution Index: 108
  • Violent Crime Index: 130
  • Median Home Sale Value, Q1 2009: $359,825
  • 2009 Fair Market Rent: $844 (1 bedroom)
  • Median Household Income: $54,978
  • Cost of Living Index: 104.9

New York City, New York

  • Area: 303.31
  • Population Density: 27,290
  • Air Pollution Index: 112
  • Violent Crime Index: 176
  • Median Home Sale Value, Q1 2009: $446,808
  • 2009 Fair Market Rent: $1,216 (1 bedroom)
  • Median Household Income: $47,525
  • Cost of Living Index: 149.2

New York, put down the coffee and return the flannel because it's safe to say that New York is not becoming Seattle East. With their higher income, lower cost of living, better air, and less crowded city, they can only hope to be New York City.  But until summer weather actually decides to descend upon us, chase those rainy blues away with a good ole movie night; I suggest a classic,  "When Harry Met Sally" cause everyone one knows "Sleepless in Seattle" will not stand the test of time.

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