NS Everett, WA Local Information

    NS Everett is on the border of Everett, Washington, a city of about 105,000 people, and is in Snohomish County, which has a population of about 735,000 people. Other nearby small communities include Marysville (60,000), Arlington (18,000), Lynnwood (36,000), Mukilteo (20,000), and Edmonds (40,000).

    It is only a couple of miles from downtown Everett to NS Everett, which takes five minutes or less, but the area is more widely spread out than this and travel times from other cities can vary significantly - the Puget Sound area has notoriously thick traffic. The average commute in Snohomish County is about 30 minutes.

    Local Housing Rental Prices: The average apartment rent in the Everett area ranges from $800 to $1000 per month, with a median of about $900 per month.

    Local Housing Purchase Prices: The average price for a house in Everett is about $325,000, compared to $283,000 for Washington.

    Short Description of the Area: Everett is a mid-sized city in the Pacific Northwest, in the North Sound area of Western Washington. The area is very green, mild, and damp, with a major waterway on the west and a major mountain range to the east.

    Climate and Weather: The area has a cool, fairly dry but rainy climate, with winter temperatures ranging from the high 40s to mid 30s and summer temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to mid-50s. Overcast weather can last into June. Summers are fairly cool, but generally dry, usually with one or two heat spikes into the 90s. Winters are cool, not usually cold by national standards, with one or two plunges into the teens, and a mild, warm period most Februarys. The Puget Sound is famous for steady rain, but this is light (New York City actually receives more annual precipitation) and usually from late fall through late spring. Summer do not usually have a monsoon rainy season. Thunderstorms and heavy snow are rare. Tornadoes are extremely rare. Some winters experience heavy rain, leading to flooding. Some winters, rarely, have hard freezes after a heavy rain, leading to regional treefall and traffic snarling. Overall, though, the area is temperate and moderate.

    Local Culture:
    This area is the home of coffee culture, and coffee stands and shops can be found easily. Many locals are very concerned about making sure the water system is drinkable, and that the air is breathable. Recycling and limiting waste is a serious concern. The climate encourages indoor activities, whether sports, reading, movies, or theater. The Greater Seattle Area has one of the highest densities of bookstores in the USA.

    The Seattle Eastside is a nest of tech types, including Boeing and Microsoft and various other concerns. 'Geek' culture has deep roots there, and has spread around the Sound. Seattle conventions include several gaming, comic, steampunk, technology, and other geek conventions, and there are several local specialty stores catering to this taste.

    Transportation:
    The Greater Seattle Area, Snohomish, King, and Pierce Counties, is considered to have one of the best mass transit systems on the West Coast, with several major local transit systems (Sound Transit, Everett Transit, and Community Transit, in Everett) working mostly together and a unified card payment system, the ORCA Card. The bus system has a wide network; travel to Seattle can be achieve on the Sounder Train, and Seattle transit can be achieved with the SoundLink, and Seattle Streetcar system.

    Local Hazards
    : Generally, the Puget Sound / Greater Seattle area is a nice, moderate, temperate place. Wildlife can wander down out of the mountains, including bears, but this is uncommon. Earthquakes are even less common, and generally not large, but they do happen occasionally. Have a FEMA Emergency Kit ready in the event of a regional disaster.