Seattle is the fastest growing big city in the United States. Tens of thousands of people move here annually. The total population has increased almost 20 percent since 2010, according to the Seattle Times. While we frantically build new buildings for all you people to live in, you may have some questions. For instance: Is there anywhere to go dancing around here? And also: How do people make friends in this town? Plus: Where do locals like to eat?
First and foremost, though, you need to learn how to ride public transportation without annoying the hell out of the rest of us. If you just moved here from some suburban wasteland without buses or trains, please read Charles Mudede's tips.
When it comes to making friends, The Stranger's second-most-hated writer, Katie Herzog, knows how hard it is in Seattle's famously chilly, militantly astrology-oriented social climate. For years, she could not make a friend here, and even resorted to putting up an ad for a friend on Craigslist. How did that work out for her? Read about it here.
On the question of where to eat, the staff of The Stranger put our heads together to brainstorm the dishes in Seattle restaurants we personally could not live without—resulting in dozens of recommendations for you.
Dancing is a bit trickier. This isn't a town known for getting down. But there are rock clubs and bars with dance floors throughout the city, and most importantly there are some weekly and monthly dance parties and club nights you should know about.
You know what isn't hard here? Finding a place where you can take it all off. From naked bicycling to nude beaches to family-friendly clothing-optional resorts, being nude to town is easy.
As for fitting in and getting your bearings, there are a bunch of place names you are going to say incorrectly the first 100 times you try, but learning them is essential. Local boy Lester Black breaks it all down, with pronunciations and historical facts.
If you moved here because of cannabis and you really want a medical doctor to steer you toward some therapies, the best doctor for that can be found here.
And finally, if you just want to gripe about something, you literally have come to the best place in the world. Nathalie Graham collects what Seattle hates most about Seattle.