32 Seattle Facts That Every Local Knows to Be True

But if you're from Seattle, you know that the city is so much more than that.

Here are 32 things that everyone from Seattle knows to be true.

You know you're a true Seattleite if you agree with these facts

1. That subtle PNW rain feels almost like a refreshing wake up call every morning. Unless it's windy, then that's a different story.

2. If you don't see a Starbucks on every corner, you might be lost. But if you're a local, you're probably a regular at some hole in the wall that makes an out of this world latte.

3. It's not “GEO-DUCK", it's “GOOEY-DUCK", and good luck trying to explain it to your friends from out of town.

4. And while we're on the subject of correct pronunciations, you know that Puyallup is actually pronounced “pew-AWL-up".

5. Regardless of if you ride the bus, drive your car or walk to work, if you're a true Seattle commuter, chances are you didn't bring an umbrella in your backpack, and you likely don't even own one.

6. Twelve is more than just a number, and it conjures up images of lots of loud fans dressed up in blue and green. And don't even get us started on the importance of skittles…

7. Though Pike Place Market is the most iconic farmer's market in town, you've probably skipped the long lines of tourists to hit up the Ballard Farmers Market or the Fremont Sunday market, instead. Also, it's Pike Place, not Pike's Place … and you try not to cringe when tourists get it wrong.

8. If you live in Fremont, driving past a giant concrete troll under a bridge doesn't seem to phase you anymore. In fact, it's part of your regular commute.

9. You probably have a really strong opinion about the best Pho spot in University District (psst, it's Than Brothers, no doubt).

10. Whenever you get sad about the Mariners season, you just reflect on the glorious year that was 1996.

11. You try your best, but you've definitely been guilty of forgetting your reusable bags in the car when you go grocery shopping. Just think about how many 5 cent bag fees you've paid for over the years…

12. You'll never forget Snowpocalypse 2019.

13. When the sky is clear and you can “see the mountain," a.k.a. iconic Mount Rainier, you know it's going to be a good day.

14. You know it's almost summer when people start breaking out shorts when it's 60 degrees outside.

15. Most people attribute Kurt Cobain to Seattle, but you can't forget to mention Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

16. You mourned the loss of the Viaduct, but that new tunnel is so shiny and new, and you secretly love it.

17. When you go to other parts of the country you feel at a loss when you can't see any water or any mountains.

18. Trick or Treating as a kid meant adapting your costume to accommodate a fleece sweatshirt and a rain jacket. Who says a princess or a superhero isn't dressed for the weather?

19. It isn't the first, nor the last time you'll see fishmongers hucking huge fish across a crowd of people.

20. No matter how many times you take the ferry to Bremerton or Bainbridge, the thrill of standing on the deck Titanic-style never gets old. And that popcorn always hits the spot.

21. The fear of the earthquake deemed “the big one" is always in the back of your mind, but YOLO right?

22. We get annoyed by all of the sugar packets that pass our table during the one time a year when we are eating in the Space Needle restaurant, just because our out-of-town relatives want proof that we're spinning up there.

23. Nothing compares to the smell of the pavement after a long night's rainstorm. And by storm, you mean an all-night drizzle.

24. You stay up after SNL to watch reruns of Almost Live.

25. If you didn't watch at least one episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy in school, you definitely didn't grow up in Washington, let alone Seattle.

26. Washing your car is a chore that's basically useless because it'll probably rain the next day anyways.

27. You know the struggle of trying to take a nice trip down to the waterfront, only to get stopped by construction or a train full of commuters.

28. If you don't know someone who works at Microsoft or Boeing, you probably know someone who works at Starbucks or Amazon.

29. In your youth, you probably drove the wrong way down the one way downtown, and totally panicked. But you never did it again, did you?

30. You've been to Beth's Cafe for breakfast and lunch, but you know it's really the best at about 1 a.m.

31. There will always be a hole in your heart where the Sonics used to be.

32. We get annoyed when people assume we were raised in the wilderness because we're "all the way up there" in what many East Coasters, in particular, seem to view as uninhabited U.S. territory. We have skyscrapers and internet access and everything, folks!


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Leigha StaffenhagenLeigha is a Seattle native and the managing editor of Insteading.com, a homesteading and sustainability site focused on everything from gardening and raising chickens to off-grid living and tiny homes.

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