Sequim : Washington


What It Is Like to Retire in Sequim

With the nickname "Blue Hole" one might not know what to expect about Sequim, Washington. Pronounced (skwim), this growing town of about 6,600 (with 20,000 more in the area) gets its name because pilots kept noticing that there was almost always blue skies over the area - it is in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains.  At about 14" of rainfall per year, Sequim almost qualifies as a desert - not what people typically think of when they ponder Washington State.  Sequim's proximity to the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Dungeness River make Sequim's environment more humid than would be expected from lack of serious rainfall. Sequim has won numerous awards as a great place to live and retire. The New York TImes gave a glowing review in an article called "A Sunny Spot Amid the Clouds".

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Where to Retire in Sequim and Home Prices

Sequim is popular both with retirees and with people looking for second homes (in fact many of them are pilots).  There are a number of developments and 55+ communities in the area, including some that are fly-in/fly-out communities. reports the median home value to be $412,591 in early 2021. However, homes can go over a million if they are large and have stunning views of the mountains.


What Is Special about Sequim

What's not to like about Sequim. The Olympic Mountains are close, the Dungeness River, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and a dry and temperate climate in what is usually thought of as rainy Washington. Many festivals.  Popularity as retirement and vacation spot makes it easy to fit in. The Lavender Festival.

What Is Not Special about Sequim

Although Sequim has a nice old downtown there was a lot of pressure put on it during the boom of 2004 -2006 - buildings were out of scale and everywhere. Fortunately there has been a movement to control growth. It is a fairly long drive or ferry ride to Seattle.

Who Will Like Retirement in Sequim

Retirees, pilots, and second home owners who like the mountains and water will enjoy Sequim. The majority of people moving here come from Seattle or California. The average age is 58, higher than the national average.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, retirees, and lumber are the major industries.

Climate and Physical Environment

Sequim is in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, on the Olympic Peninsula. Port Angeles is to the west, Port Townsend to the east, and Juan de Fuca Strait to the north. It gets about 14" rainfall per year - the average July high temp is 69 and the average January low is 29.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is a nice weekly farmers market thanks to this being an agricultural area. Two big annual festivals are the Irrigation Festival and the Sequim Lavender Festival. The Museum and Arts Center features both natural and cultural exhibits. Nearby Sequim Bay has the Sequim Bay State Park and the John Wayne Marina - both popular birding areas.


The crime rate is slightly higher than the national average.


Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are 15 miles away in Port Angeles and Port Townsend. 



There are a number of small airports in the Sequim area. The Olympic Discover Trail connects with Port Angeles. Ferry service to Victoria (CAN) is about 30 minutes.

Valuable Links

Official Tourism Site


What people are saying about Sequim

Consider Port Ludlow
Dear Dorie, My husband and I moved to Port Ludlow in May after 5+ years of seriously looking from Blaine to Portland! We narrowed it down to Sequim, Gig Harbor and PL. Sequim is 45 minutes from PL. It adds almost an hour to any trip from Seattle. GH was just too crowded. There was no way to avoid the I5 traffic to get there! PL is easily accessible using the Bainbridge Island ferry or the walk on only service out of Kingston (to Seattle) or car from Edmonds to Kingston. Our children call us when the BI ferry starts to move, we leave and pick them up exactly when the ferry arrives. Parking at BI to visit them has not been a problem. PL is not a 55+ community. Anyone can buy here. The vast majority of the residents are retired. Everyone is friendly and from all over the world. A QFC is 10 miles away and a perfectly well stocked store but I prefer to shop at Central Market in Poulsbo. UNBELIEVABLE!!! For $79/year we purchase med-flight insurance if we need to be flown to Seattle. They are finishing building a huge hospital in Silverdale which should meet all our needs. We have absolutely lovely restaurants ranging from burger joints to fine dining. Our community has a club with pool, exercise room, etc. They have bands, picnics, etc. all the time. Homes, townhomes, and condo\'s are all available with prices ranging from the mid $300,000 to several millions. I don\'t need to tell you how wonderful the summers are. We have been in their 70\'s and 50\'s at night. I am willing to trade snow shoveling for the winter rains...and anyway I can always have lunch in Sequim and bask in the sunlight for a few hours.... What else would you like to know? We are so HAPPY!!
Posted by Deborah Cacho on July 26, 2019
Thinking of moving to Sequim
We are from Seattle. Moved to Idaho 12 yrs ago. It was nice for a long time but zillions of people from LA moved here. Thinking of moving back to WA. The homes up there are higher than when we left. Our home in Idaho has LOST value. We are retired. Looking at 55+ manufactured home communities. Is it a decent place to live? This will be our last house I'm sure. I want to live some place peaceful where people are friendly. It is too hot in Idaho in summer. The only way I have been able to tolerate the heat is to have an above-ground-pool. We are thinking of putting our home on the market & coming up to see if Sequim is the place for us. Would love to hear from people already there as to whether they like it. I have seen homes in Hendrickson & Heritage communities that look in our price range & are aesthetically pleasing. Hope to hear from someone, as there has been no activity on here for a long time.
Posted by Dorie53 on February 02, 2018

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