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Area Description

Sequim is a small, friendly city (Population approximately 7000) located on the gorgeous Olympic Peninsula in the northwest corner of Washington State. Often referred to as "Sunny Sequim," the city sits in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and receives approximately 16" of annual rainfall, making it one of the driest places in Western Washington. The area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, biking, water sports, skiing, birding, golfing and fishing are all popular activities. Sequim has deep roots as an agricultural community and celebrates the Annual Irrigation Festival, the longest running festival in the state of Washington, each May. The area is well-known for it's colorful and fragrant lavender farms, and celebrates Sequim Lavender Weekend the third weekend of each July. Organic fruit, vegetable, and berry farms are found throughout the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Farm to table restaurants, local wines, and fresh roasted coffee offer lively culinary choices. The charming downtown is full of family owned boutiques and the west end of town offers a regional shopping area filling the needs of local residents and visitors. The City is within an hour of the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest and minutes away from the Dungeness Spit, which stretches 5.5 miles into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The City sits in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley with the Olympic Mountains to the south, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, Sequim Bay to the east, and the Pacific Ocean an hour away to the west. The dry weather and beautiful natural surroundings offer up just about every outdoor recreation opportunity. The Olympic Discovery Trail run through Sequim and is an ideal path for walking and biking. Sequim has a live theatre and an active arts community. There are a wide variety of culinary choices from authentic Mexican, Thai, and Chinese to farm to table restaurants featuring local produce, meats, and seafood. 10 miles outside of the city, the 7 Cedars Casino offers gaming and a variety of nightlife opportunities. The city celebrates the Irrigation Festival each May, the Sequim Lavender Weekend in July, summer concerts at the band shell, a monthly art walk, and a host of events throughout the year.

Cultural Activities

Sequim has an active arts community and hosts the First Friday Art Walk each month. The Olympic Theatre Arts offers live performances throughout the year. The Museum and Arts Center has a mix of historical and cultural exhibits. The popular Music in the Park summer concert series offers a wide range of music in a beautiful setting at the local band shell.

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Medical Facilities

The major hospital is located in Port Angeles 15 miles to the west, but Sequim has a large medical facility including state of the art imaging and a highly regarded cancer center.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  29.2  37.1  45.1  1.9 "  0.6 "
 Feb  31.0  39.5  48.1  1.5 "  0.4 "
 Mar  32.7  42.1  51.6  1.2 "  0.1 "
 Apr  36.1  46.0  55.8  1.0 "  0.0 "
 May  41.9  51.6  61.3  1.2 "  0.0 "
 Jun  46.4  55.6  64.8  1.0 "  0.0 "
 Jul  49.2  59.2  69.2  0.7 "  0.0 "
 Aug  49.2  59.4  69.5  0.7 "  0.0 "
 Sep  43.8  54.6  65.4  0.8 "  0.0 "
 Oct  37.5  47.6  57.8  1.3 "  0.0 "
 Nov  33.2  41.8  50.4  2.6 "  0.3 "
 Dec  30.3  37.9  45.5  2.3 "  0.7 "

Sequim sits in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and has an annual rainfall of approximately 16". It is one of the driest places in Western Washington. Although temperatures are moderate throughout the year, there are four distinct seasons. Winter often brings a day or two of light snow, but while it usually doesn't last long on the ground, it can be seen accumulating in the Olympic Mountains to the south. With spring comes a bright array of colors with emerging hay fields, blossoming fruit trees, and abundant flowers resulting from the light rain and sunshine. Summer is lavender season and in addition to the farms in the valley, many homes and street scapes feature the bright purple herb which loves sun and is drought tolerant. Hay fields turn golden and can be seen as they are harvested throughout the valley. Autumn brings the changing of the leaves and crisp, clear, cool days.

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Cost of Living for Sequim, WA

Sequim, Washington cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Sequim's weather and peaceful surroundings have made it a popular location for retirees. The city and surrounding valley offer a wide range of housing options from single family homes, apartments, and condominiums. There are quality senior neighborhoods and facilities.

Senior Assistance in Sequim, WA

Sequim, Washington offers the following assistance for seniors:

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