Top 10 Reasons to Live in Port Angeles, Washington.

"There are many great reasons to choose to live on the Olympic Peninsula. Here are just a few, which brought my family here in 1979. Whether you are searching for a retirement home, more space for your growing family, or a vacation retreat, I know you will fall in love with Port Angeles, Sequim and the surrounding areas, just like so many of us have!” -------- Kathy Brown, REALTOR®, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRS, Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty


Quality of our Olympic Lifestyle: Port Angeles was rated the 6th most livable small city and best outdoor sports town in the United States. Sequim has been one of the top retiree destinations nationwide for almost a decade. Newcomers quickly discover the easy-going, gentle pace, and the warm and friendly small town atmosphere that Peninsula residents enjoy.
Natural Beauty: From the rich and sunny Dungeness River Valley that borders Sequim; to the scenic seaport town of Port Angeles where the majestic Olympic Mountains greet the city at the shores of the Strait of Juan De Fuca; to the Olympic National Park with its miles of rugged coastal beaches, pristine rivers, streams, forestlands and the world famous Lake Crescent; to a drive on the National Scenic Highway that meanders along the vast coastline to the northwestern corner of the continental United States; every direction you look is a “Wow”!
Desirable Weather: The magnificent Olympic Mountain Range creates a rain shadow effect, resulting in a temperate climate with low rainfall. Sunny Sequim averages only 16” per year; Port Angeles is a mere 25” per year.
Clean Air: The clean, fresh air and the “natural air conditioning” from the off shore breezes of the Pacific Ocean provide excellent air quality to the Olympic Peninsula.
Recreational Mecca: Whether you prefer a competitive event, a family outing, or an individual activity, the choices are endless, including hiking, biking, camping, boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, surfing, beachcombing, cross country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Walkers and bikers enjoy the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) connecting the communities from Port Townsend at the East end to the Pacific Coast at the West end. Competitive and recreational runners rave about the North Olympic Discovery Marathon and half marathon which are run on a unique point-to-point course along the Olympic Discovery Trail - with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and a five mile finishing stretch near the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The full marathon is a USATF sanctioned event and a Boston Marathon qualifier. Families and sports enthusiasts appreciate the quality of the local parks and ball fields; Port Angeles hosts many invitational meets and sporting events. The town also supports a newly-completed, world class skateboard park.
Cultural Events: Diverse opportunities to enjoy arts and entertainment are abundant year-round. Many galleries, historic sites, museums, festivals, local musical and theatre productions, and Native American celebrations are available to residents and visitors. Port Angeles is exceptionally proud of its Fine Arts Center, its very own symphony, the Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts, the Port Angeles Light Opera, and the community's continual commitment to the expansion of the arts.
Modern Healthcare: Quality medical care and expertise are available throughout Clallam County. Big City Medicine. Home Town Care is the motto of Olympic Medical Center, the Olympic Peninsula's largest hospital, providing state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical equipment, sophisticated facilities, and a team of nearly 1000 health care professionals.
Educational Opportunities: The Port Angeles schools are among the best in the state. Peninsula College has an outstanding facility, a supportive staff, a varied curriculum, and a progressive administration with a strong commitment to teaching and learning. The community also benefits from the North Olympic Skills Center, which offers career training programs to students in five local school districts and Peninsula College.
Ring of Technology: The $41 million investment into a redundant fiber-optic loop infrastructure encircles the towns of Port Angeles and Sequim, providing local business with metropolitan access to high speed connectivity. DSL, high-speed wireless, and broadband cable are also available to a majority of Clallam County residents, allowing them to telecommute from their private residences.
Accessibility & Travel: Clallam County offers the first protected port along the Strait of Juan De Fuca, geographically situated before the entrance to Puget Sound, making Port Angeles a logical stop-off point for ships waiting passage or in need of repair services. Ferry services provide transportation from Port Angeles to Victoria, B.C and Vancouver Island. The crossings are both efficient and inspiring. Passengers have seen porpoises, whales, and a variety of seabirds along the way. In addition to scheduled commuter flights between Port Angeles and Seattle, there are several charter air services available.