Seattle is known for being extremely gloomy, shrouded in a misty, ongoing rain that persists so long that summer doesn’t seem to arrive until Independence Day, according to residents. While it’s true that it does stay pretty wet in Seattle, this part of Washington actually sees less measurable precipitation than many other major cities, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston and St. Louis. Averaging 37 inches of precipitation, Seattle ranks a mere 44th in annual rainfall among cities in the United States. Despite the dampness—or, more accurately, because of it—Seattle’s generally mild climate keeps things green all year long; in the warmer drier months, the amazing greenery and flowery foliage render the city alive and vibrant with color. Parks abound as well, so renters seeking apartments in Seattle are sure to enjoy the splendor of midsummer and fall, which come on the heels of all that misty Pacific Northwest weather.