The KCSO is located in the Pacific Northwest. King County is the 14th largest county (by population) in the country. It includes the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond, as well as many suburban communities and rural areas.
Our area offers:
- A wide variety of employment opportunities
- Year-round recreation
- Award-winning school districts
- Great quality of life
And contrary to popular belief, there are sunny days. Lots of them.
Cost of living
Cost of living varies by region. You can find a cost of living estimate with this CNN calculator.
If your spouse or partner works, he or she will have plenty of employment opportunities in the area. Many large companies and non-profits are headquartered here, as well as smaller organizations.
Our school districts are exceptional. There are many extra-curricular activities available through schools and community groups.
For families with younger children, there are childcare options available. You will also find there are many organized groups for kids and parents.
School districts include:
- Lake Washington
- Federal Way
- Snoqualmie Valley
- Maple Valley
You can learn more about our schools at Washington State Superintendent or Public School Review.
There are a variety or recreational opportunities in our region.
Do you like to hike?
The Cascade Range and Olympics offer easy day hikes as well as challenging overnight trips, and they are within a short drive. And, of course, there's Mount Rainier for serious mountaineers.
Prefer water recreation?
There are two major lakes, multiple smaller lakes, and many beaches. Swimming, boating, and fishing are all within your reach.
What about music and culture?
Seattle and the surrounding communities offer:
- Local bands
- Jazz clubs
- Amphitheater that attracts major concerts and performances
Looking for more family-friendly activities?
- Sporting events featuring amateur and professional teams
- City, county, and state parks
- Local fairs and festivals (including SeaFair in July and August)
- Amusement parks and more
Colleges, universities, technical schools, and community colleges are plentiful in the area.
Learn more about higher education options