Originally Posted by moku
I think most of my schedule will be morning (0600ish? at the airport). I'm not sure how the traffic is at that time, but I'll definetly be checking out these areas on our house hunting trip.
I've been all over this area at many times of the day, and at 6am unless there's snow/ice/accident there is no traffic to worry about until at least 6:30, most often 7:00 is when it starts and doesn't peak until about 8. The big employers
like Boeing and Microsoft have done a good job of staggering their start times
which makes the commute "hour" last longer, but not many start at 6am.
When you come out you should try the various commutes before settling on an area, in addition to checking out the schools and crime rates.