Seattle WA

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Located on an isthmus between Lake Washington, a freshwater body, and Puget Sound, an ocean inlet, Seattle is the largest city not only in the state of Washington but in the whole of the Pacific Northwest, with a population of 730,000 residents. The annual growth rate of Seattle currently ranges between 2 percent and 3.1 percent, putting it consistently among the top five fastest growing cities in the United States.

Seattle skyline panorama at sunset as seen from Kerry Park, Seattle, WA.

Seattle’s most notable feature is the iconic Space Needle. Standing at a height of over 500 feet, it dates back to the World’s Fair in 1962 and serves as an observation tower that draws approximately 1.3 million people on an annual basis.

Economics

Seattle’s mix of a new economy, driven by internet technology, service, and design, with older industrial companies has provided the city with an economic profile that is both stable and prosperous. Some of the most well-known and lucrative companies in the world are based in or near Seattle, including Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon. In total, the area is home to eight Fortune 500 companies.

Unfortunately, all this prosperity comes at a price. With a median home value of $484,600 and a cost of living index that far outstrips that of the whole country at 159, Seattle is an extremely expensive city in which to live. However, with an impressive median household income of $74,458 and a per capita income that exceeds the United States by 63 percent, it is affordable for many residents.

Education

Seattle is an extremely well-educated city, with 91.9 percent of residents over age 25 holding a high school diploma or equivalent and 53.8 percent of adults holding at least a bachelor’s degree. The high school graduation rate exceeds that of Washington state and the country by six percent and 11 percent respectively.

Recreation

Seattle had the tenth best park system in the nation in 2013 according to the Trust for Public Land. Outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, snowboarding, and sailing are popular due to the temperate marine climate. Seattle is home to three major-league professional sports teams and has an eclectic taste in music ranging from classical to alternative.

 

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