WA State sales tax varies by county King county is 9.5 or 9.8 but in other counties its lower probably due to the amount of people living in each. The elitist snob anti gun people mostly live in Seattle and its suburbs. I live out near Issaquah and its a very pro gun loving area. Right up the road is the finest gun range in the state West Coast Armory in Bellevue. So basically anything east of the 405 is less tree hugger. From my apartment its about a 30 minute drive to the hood known as Tacoma, some will disagree about that but more gang activity and shooting happen down there then most of the state.
Pluses for WA, it rains. Our climate is changing every year and our rainfall is only supposed to be about 6 months this year instead of 9 months. With all that rain we have less chances of forest fires.
No massive snowstorms
No major earthquakes
We are no longer the suicide capital, were just worked to death.
Minuses to me at least, an Indian smokeshop on every spare piece of land or a casino.
High divorce rate [just had it happen to me]
Traffic is Seattle becoming like Los Angeles