Why longtime Washingtonians are leaving the Seattle area

Residents say they’re fed up with crowds, costs and the pace of change in King County.

Earlier this week, Seattle Times data journalist Gene Balk — a.k.a. FYI Guy — reported on a recent trend in local migration: For the first time in long while, the number of native-born Washingtonians in King County has declined.

So as newcomers pour in, longtime residents are leaving.

Why? Readers who commented on the story, numbering in the hundreds, painted a dismal picture of congestion, skyrocketing expenses and cultural upheaval. Oh: Not to mention crummy weather.

Here’s what a handful of them had to…

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