City of Seattle

Seattle is a West Coast seaport city and the seat of King County. With an estimated 662,400 residents as of 2015, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. In July 2013 it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States, and remained in the top five in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. The Seattle metropolitan area of around 3.6 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States. The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the third largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015.

The city is extremely multicultural and is influenced by the Pacific Rim in art and architecture. The city offers residents a pace of life that can be either relaxed or fast paced and entrepreneurial. Seattle is home to many successful startup businesses such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Eddie Bauer, Nintendo, Amazon.com, and REI. Water is everywhere, both freshwater and salt water, and the city’s maritime heritage is very noticeable.

Seattle Culture

Seattle is host to a wide variety of cultural events and fairs, including the Seattle International Film Festival, Northwest Folklife, Seafair, the Bite of Seattle, Bumbershoot, Hempfest, and Independence Day celebrations. Neighborhood street fairs are common throughout the city in the summer months, with the largest of them including hundreds of craft and food booths. The performing arts take center stage in Seattle, with such institutions as the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Seattle Youth Symphony. Notable art galleries include the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The city also has a variety of regional history museums like the Museum of History and Industry, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, The Center for Wooden Boats, and the Museum of Flight.

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