If you want to learn about the world, just talk to a few of your neighbors. While it may seem cliché, people really are people. That is to say, someone living in California isn’t going to be a whole lot different than someone living in auburn, Washington or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And, though a lot of people put a great deal of emphasis on the economy or the climate, the most important thing to consider when looking at a new city is what the people are going to be like. Is the culture a good fit for you?
Now, it may be hard to believe but nearly every city that you could study in the state of Washington has a quality that is hard to find anywhere else in the country. When you move to Auburn, Kent, Covington, or even Seattle, you find that the people are more accepting of a wide range of differences that people in other cities tend to discriminate against. A perfect example of this is the large population of gays, lesbians, and transsexuals in Seattle. Like San Francisco, the people living in Seattle and its neighboring cities have learned that that the only way to live in peace is to accept others, regardless of how different they may initially seem to be.
Auburn is a lot like the cities surrounding it but much different than similar sized cities throughout the country. The residents typically have a more liberal attitude that promotes acceptance and a strong development of interpersonal relationships among neighbors. There’s a sense of community in Auburn that belongs more to the last century than the current one. Really, more praise can go to the entire state of Washington than the city of Auburn for this wonderful attitude. Maybe it’s true what they say: things are just better out west.