One of the best (and scariest) parts of growing up is deciding where to live. Sometimes, due to work or to family, this choice is made for you. But other times it’s up to you to decide where you end up. If you’re in the midst of this kind of decision, check out our list of some of the best places to live on the West Coast. You just might find your new hometown.
Seattle is great for those who love everything about nature and the outdoors. A big environmental town, Seattle also has a great music scene and, of course, tons of great coffee shops. Seattle provides all the comforts of city living while being close to some of the USA’s and Canada’s most beautiful wildernesses.
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City is quickly growing a reputation for one of the best places in the West to start a business. Entrepreneurs abound, and the combination of low corporate tax rates, low rents, and low utility prices, along with a highly literate workforce, is increasing its appeal to both small and large companies. Plus, the mountains and skiing options increase its charm.
If you’re looking for a more natural way of life, Portland may be the place for you. In a city that has a reputation for having more bikes than cars, the dedication to natural transportation, food, and activities makes it a great place for those who choose to embrace this particular lifestyle.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is a great choice for those who want to combine natural beauty with culture. Full of theaters, museums, and other culture hot spots, San Francisco can keep your artistic side happy, while simultaneously tempting you with the miles of beautiful shoreline and the nearby redwood forests.
San Diego, CA
Not only is San Diego famous for its beaches, but it also a booming military, medical, and technology town. With a reputation for curating innovation, some of the biggest ideas in these fields are being hatched along its sun-kissed coastline.
For those who are thinking about starting a family (or already have one), Scottsdale, AZ is gaining a reputation as one of the best places to raise your kids. Low-crime rates, high graduation rates, and an emphasis on city parks, make it a great place for kids to learn and grow.
No matter where you decided to go, the West has some of the most beautiful and versatile options for you. Don’t be afraid to take a look!