On Seattle traffic: Is is bad? Sure. But not compared to LA, Boston, D.C. Also, it clears up quickly.On cost of living: High is relative. It is cheaper than SF, LA, Chi, Boston, NY, DC, Miami off the top of my head.If someone is looking for low COL and no traffic, try North Dakota.
If Missoula and B-Ham are to be compared to Seattle, I stand corrected.Portland, Vegas, and Seattle are all roughly comparable COL. I think the legal market wages are better in Seattle though.Anyway, I didn't mean to hijack the thread. The point is, Seattle is pretty nice as cities go.