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|— City —
Downtown Seattle from the north, with the Space Needle and Mount Rainier
|Nickname(s): The Emerald City, Seatown, Rain City, Jet City, Gateway to Alaska, Gateway to The Pacific
Location of Seattle in
King County and Washington
Location in the United States
|Coordinates: 47°36′35″N 122°19′59″W / 47.60972°N 122.33306°WCoordinates: 47°36′35″N 122°19′59″W / 47.60972°N 122.33306°W
||December 2, 1869
| - Type
| - Mayor
| - City
||142.5 sq mi (369.2 km2)
| - Land
||83.87 sq mi (217.2 km2)
| - Water
||58.67 sq mi (152 km2)
| - Metro
||8,186 sq mi (21,202 km2)
||0–520 ft (0–158 m)
|Population (April 18, 2009)
| - City
||602,000 (US: 25th)
| - Density
||7,136/sq mi (2,755.2/km2)
| - Urban
| - Metro
||3,344,813 (US: 15th)
| - Demonym
| - Summer (DST)
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(pronounced /siːˈæt(ə)ɫ/ ( listen)
) is the northernmost major city on the West Coast of the United States
. A seaport situated on an isthmus
between Puget Sound
(an arm of the Pacific Ocean
) and Lake Washington
, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada – United States border
, it is named after Chief Seattle
, of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. Seattle is the center of the Seattle–Tacoma–Bellevue metropolitan statistical area
, the 15th largest in the United States, and the largest in the northwestern United States.
The major economic, cultural and educational center in the region, Seattle is the county seat
of King County
. As of 1 April 2009, the city had an estimated municipal population of 602,000.
The Seattle area has been inhabited for at least 4,000 years,
but European settlement began only in the mid-19th century. The first permanent European settlers—Arthur A. Denny
and those subsequently known as the Denny Party
—arrived November 13, 1851. Early settlements in the area were called "New York-Alki" ("Alki" meaning "by and by" in the local Chinook Jargon
) and "Duwamps". In 1853, Doc Maynard
suggested that the main settlement be renamed "Seattle", an anglicized rendition of the name of Sealth
, the chief of the two local tribes. From 1869 until 1982, Seattle was known as the "Queen City".
Seattle's current official nickname is the "Emerald City", the result of a contest held in the early 1980s;
the reference is to the lush evergreen forests of the area. Seattle is also referred to informally as the "Gateway to Alaska", "Rain City",
and "Jet City", the last from the local influence of Boeing
. Seattle residents are known as Seattleites
Researchers at Central Connecticut State University
ranked Seattle the most literate city of America's sixty-nine largest cities in 2005 and 2006, second most literate in 2007 (after Minneapolis
and tied with Minneapolis
Additionally, survey data from the United States Census Bureau
indicate that Seattle has a higher percentage of college graduates than any other major American city, with approximately 53.8% of residents aged 25 and older holding a bachelor degree or higher.
Seattle is one of the most politically progressive cities in North America, with an overwhelming majority of voters supporting Democratic politicians; support for liberal issues such as same-sex marriage, reproductive rights and gun control is largely taken for granted in local politics. Like much of the Pacific Northwest
(which has the lowest rate of church attendance in the United States
and consistently reports the highest percentage of atheism
), church attendance, religious belief and political influence of religious leaders is much lower than in other parts of America
. Seattle also has a thriving alternative press, with two well-established weekly newspapers, several online dailies (including the Seattle P.I.
, Publicola and Crosscut), and a number of issue-focused publications, including the nation's two largest online environmental magazines, Worldchanging
In terms of per capita income
, a study by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis ranked the Seattle metropolitan area 17th out of 363 metropolitan areas in 2006.
Seattle has particularly strong information technology, aviation, architecture and recreational industries. It is particularly known as a hotbed of "green" technologies
, stemming in part from the strong and relatively non-controversial stances its public leaders have taken on policies regarding urban design, building standards, clean energy and climate change (Seattle in February 2010 committed itself to becoming North America's first "climate neutral" city, with a goal of reaching zero net per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 
The city's form is largely sprawling and auto-dependent, and efforts to promote compact development and transportation choices are perennial policy issues. The railways and streetcars that once dominated its transportation system were largely replaced with an extensive network of bus routes for those living near the city center, and the city's outward growth caused automobiles to become the main mode of transportation for much of the population in the middle to late twentieth century. As a result, Seattle is ranked as one of the most congested cities in the United States.
However, efforts to reverse this trend at the municipal and state levels have resulted in new commuter rail service
that connects Seattle to Everett
, a regional Link Light Rail
system that extends south from the city core
and an inner-city South Lake Union Streetcar
network in the South Lake Union
An extension of the light rail south to the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
began service on December 19, 2009; an extension north to the University of Washington
is under construction as of 2010; and further extensions are planned to reach Lynnwood
to the north, Des Moines
to the south, and Bellevue
to the east by 2023.
Archaeological excavations confirm that the Seattle area has been inhabited by humans for at least 4,000 years.
By the time the first European settlers arrived in the area, the people (now called the Duwamish Tribe
) occupied at least seventeen villages in the areas around Elliott Bay
In 1851, a large party led by Luther Collins made a location on land at the mouth of the Duwamish River; they formally claimed it on September 14, 1851.
Thirteen days later, members of the Collins Party on the way to their claim passed three scouts of the Denny Party
, the group who would eventually found Seattle.
Members of the Denny Party claimed land on Alki Point
on September 28, 1851.
The rest of the Denny Party set sail from Portland
, Oregon and landed on Alki point during a rainstorm on November 13, 1851.
After a difficult winter, most of the Denny Party relocated across Elliott Bay and founded the village of "Dewamps" or "Duwamps" on the site of present day Pioneer Square
Charles Terry and John Low remained at the original landing location and established a village they initially called "New York", but renamed "Alki" in April 1853, from a Chinook
word meaning, roughly, by and by
New York-Alki and Duwamps competed for dominance for the next few years, but in time Alki was abandoned and its residents moved across the bay to join the rest of the settlers.
David Swinson ("Doc") Maynard
, one of Duwamps's founders, was the primary advocate to rename the village "Seattle" after Chief Sealth
of the Duwamish and Suquamish
The term, "Seattle", appears on official Washington Territory
papers dated May 23, 1853, when the first plats
for the village were filed. In 1855, nominal land settlements were established. On January 14, 1865, the Legislature of Territorial Washington incorporated the Town of Seattle with a board of trustees
managing the city. Two years later, after a petition was filed by most of the leading citizens, the Legislature disincorporated the town. The town remained a precinct of King County until late 1869 when a new petition was filed and the city was re-incorporated with a Mayor-council government
Seattle has a history of boom and bust cycles, as is common to cities near areas of extensive natural and mineral resources. Seattle has risen several times economically, then gone into precipitous decline, but it has typically used those periods to rebuild solid infrastructure.
The first such boom, covering the early years of the city, was fueled by the lumber industry. (During this period the road now known as Yesler Way was nicknamed "Skid Road",
after the timber skidding down the hill to Henry Yesler
's sawmill. This is considered a possible origin for the term which later entered the wider American vocabulary as Skid Row
Like much of the American West, Seattle saw numerous conflicts between labor and management, as well as ethnic tensions that culminated in the anti-Chinese riots of 1885–1886
This violence was caused by unemployed whites who determined to drive the Chinese from Seattle (anti-Chinese riots also occurred in Tacoma). Martial law was declared, and federal troops were brought in to put down the disorder. Nevertheless, the economic success in the Seattle area was so great that when the Great Seattle fire
of 1889 destroyed the central business district, a far grander city center rapidly emerged in its place.
Finance company Washington Mutual
, for example, was founded in the immediate wake of the fire.
However, the Panic of 1893
hit Seattle hard.
Gold Rush, World War I, and the Great Depression
Image showing 5th Avenue entrance of the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library
, designed by OMA
; located on 4th and Madison street in Downtown Seattle. Columbia Center
can also be seen in the background.
This boom was followed by the construction of a park system, designed by the Olmsted brothers
' landscape architecture firm.
The second and most dramatic boom and bust resulted from the Klondike Gold Rush
, which ended the depression that had begun with the Panic of 1893
; in a short time, Seattle became a major transportation center. On July 14, 1897, the S.S. Portland
docked with its famed "ton of gold", and Seattle became the main transport and supply point for the miners in Alaska and the Yukon. Those working men only found lasting wealth in a few cases, however; it was Seattle's business of clothing the miners and feeding them salmon that panned out in the long run. Along with Seattle, other cities like Everett
, Port Townsend
, and Olympia
, all within Puget Sound
became competitors for exchange, rather than mother-lodes for extraction, of precious metals.
The boom lasted well into the early part of the 20th century and funded many new Seattle companies and products. In 1907, 19-year-old James E. Casey
borrowed $100 from a friend and founded the American Messenger Company (later UPS
). Other Seattle companies founded during this period include Nordstrom
and Eddie Bauer
The Gold Rush era culminated in the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
of 1909, which is largely responsible for the layout of today's University of Washington
Seattle was also the home base of impresario Alexander Pantages
who, starting in 1902, opened a number of theaters in the city exhibiting vaudeville
acts and silent movies. His activities soon expanded, and the thrifty Greek went on and became one of America's greatest theater and movie tycoons. Between Pantages and his rival John Considine
, Seattle was for a while the western United States' vaudeville mecca. The several theaters Scottish
-born, Seattle-based architect B. Marcus Priteca
built for Pantages in Seattle have all been either demolished or converted to other uses, but many of their theaters survive in other cities of the USA, often retaining the Pantages
Post-war years: aircraft and software
Downtown Seattle and a ferry at the Central Waterfront.
The local economy dipped after World War II
, which had seen the dispersion of the numerous Japanese-American businessmen. The local economy rose again with manufacturing company Boeing's growing dominance in the airliner
Seattle celebrated its restored prosperity and made a bid for world recognition with the Century 21 Exposition
, the 1962 World's Fair
The local economy went into another major downturn in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Many left the area to look for work elsewhere, and two local real estate agents put up a billboard reading "Will the last person leaving Seattle – Turn out the lights."
Still, Seattle remained the corporate headquarters of Boeing until 2001, when the company separated its headquarters from its major production facilities. Boeing finally chose to move its corporate headquarters to Chicago.
The Seattle area is still home to Boeing's Renton narrow-body plant
(where the 707
, 720, 727
, and 757
were assembled, and the 737
is assembled today) and Everett wide-body plant
(assembly plant for the 747
and the upcoming 787 Dreamliner
); the company's credit union for employees, BECU
, remains based in the Seattle area, though it is now open to all residents of Washington.
Westlake Center, a Downtown mall and southern terminus of the Seattle Center Monorail
. This is the northwest corner of 5th and Pine.
As prosperity began to return in the 1980s, the city was stunned by the Wah Mee massacre
in 1983, when thirteen people were killed in an illegal gambling club in the International District, Seattle
Beginning with Microsoft
's 1979 move from Albuquerque
, New Mexico to nearby Bellevue
Seattle and its suburbs became home to a number of technology companies including Amazon.com
, McCaw Cellular (now part of AT&T Mobility
), VoiceStream (now T-Mobile USA
), and biomedical
corporations such as HeartStream (later purchased by Philips
), Heart Technologies (later purchased by Boston Scientific
), Physio-Control (later purchased by Medtronic
, ICOS (later purchased by Eli Lilly and Company
) and Immunex (later purchased by Amgen
). This success brought an influx of new citizens with a population increase within city limits of almost 50,000 between 1990 and 2000,
and saw Seattle's real estate become some of the most expensive in the country.
Many of the Seattle area's tech companies remain relatively strong, but the frenzied dot-com boom
years ended in early 2001.
The UK consulting firm Mercer
, in a 2009 assessment "conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments", ranked Seattle 50th worldwide in quality of living
; the survey factored in political stability
, personal freedom
, sanitation, crime, housing, the natural environment, recreation, banking facilities, availability of consumer goods
, education, and public services including transportation.
is bounded by Elliott Bay (lower left), lower Broadway (from upper left to lower right), Yesler Way (lower right), and Denny Way (obscured by clouds).
Seattle is located between the Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) to the west, and Lake Washington to the east. The city's chief harbor, Elliott Bay, is an inlet of the Puget Sound. To the west, beyond the Puget Sound, are the Kitsap Peninsula
and Olympic Mountains
on the Olympic Peninsula; to the east, beyond Lake Washington and the eastside
suburbs, are Lake Sammamish
and the Cascade Range
. Lake Washington's waters flow to the Puget Sound through the Lake Washington Ship canal (a series of two man-made canals), Lake Union, and the Hiram C. Chittenden Locks at Salmon Bay, ending in Shilshole Bay.
The sea, rivers, forests, lakes, and fields surrounding Seattle were once rich enough to support one of the world's few sedentary hunter-gatherer societies. The surrounding area lends itself well to sailing, skiing, bicycling, camping, and hiking year-round. 
The city itself is hilly, though not uniformly so.
, the city is said to lie on seven hills
; the lists vary, but typically include Capitol Hill, First Hill, West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Queen Anne, Magnolia, and the former Denny Hill. The Wallingford and Mount Baker neighborhoods are technically located on hills as well. Many of the hilliest areas are near the city center, with Capitol Hill, First Hill, and Beacon Hill collectively constituting something of a ridge along an isthmus
between Elliott Bay and Lake Washington.
The break in the ridge between First Hill and Beacon Hill is man-made, the result of two of the many regrading projects
that reshaped the topography of the city center.
The topography of the city center was also changed by the construction of a seawall and the artificial Harbor Island
(completed 1909) at the mouth of the city's industrial Duwamish Waterway
Due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire
, Seattle is in a major earthquake zone. On February 28, 2001, the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake
did significant architectural damage, especially in the Pioneer Square area (built on reclaimed land
, as are the Industrial District and part of the city center), but caused no fatalities.
Other strong quakes occurred on January 26, 1700
(estimated at 9 magnitude), December 14, 1872 (7.3 or 7.4),
April 13, 1949 (7.1),
and April 29, 1965 (6.5).
The 1949 quake caused eight known deaths, all in Seattle;
the 1965 quake caused three deaths in Seattle directly, and one more by heart failure.
Although the Seattle Fault
passes just south of the city center, neither it
nor the Cascadia subduction zone
has caused an earthquake since the city's founding. The Cascadia subduction zone poses the threat of an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 or greater, capable of seriously damaging the city and collapsing many buildings, especially in zones built on fill.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 142.5 square miles (369 km2
83.9 square miles (217 km2
) of which is land and 58.7 square miles (152 km2
) water (41.16 percent of the total area).
Downtown Seattle averages 58 clear (sunny) days a year, with most of those days occurring between May and September
Temperature extremes are moderated by adjacent Puget Sound, the greater Pacific Ocean, and Lake Washington. The region is partially protected from Pacific storms by the Olympic Mountains and from Arctic air by the Cascade Range
. Despite being on the margin of the rain shadow
of the Olympic Mountains, the city has a reputation for frequent rain.
This reputation derives from this frequency of precipitation as well as the fact that it is cloudy an average of 201 days and 93 partly cloudy days per year.
At 37.1 inches (942 mm)
, the city receives less precipitation than New York City
, and most cities of the Eastern Seaboard
of the United States. Seattle was also not listed in a study that revealed the 10 rainiest cities in the continental United States.
Most of the precipitation falls as drizzle or light rain. Thunderstorms occur only occasionally. Seattle reports thunder on just seven days per annum (according to 'Cities Ranked and Rated' - Bert Sperling and Peter Sander.2007). For comparison Fort Myers, Florida reports thunder on 93 days per year. Kansas City reports 52 'thunder days' and New York City reports 25. There are occasional downpours. One of these downpours occurred in December 2007 when widespread rainfall hit the greater Puget Sound area. It became the second wettest event in Seattle history when a little over 5 inches of rain fell on Seattle in a 24 hour period. The rain also caused five deaths and widespread flooding and damage.
Spring, late fall, and winter are filled with days when it does not rain but looks as if it might because of cloudy, overcast skies. Winters are cool and wet with average lows around 35–40 °F (1.7–4.4 °C) on winter nights. Colder weather can occur, but seldom lasts more than a few days. Summers are dry and warm, with average daytime highs around 73–80 °F (22.8–26.7 °C). Hotter weather usually occurs only during a few summer days. Seattle's hottest official recorded temperature was 103 °F (39.4 °C) on July 29, 2009;
the coldest recorded temperature was 0 °F (–18 °C) on January 31, 1950.
Between October and May, Seattle is mostly or partly cloudy six out of every seven days
Eighty miles (130 km) to the west, the Hoh Rain Forest
in Olympic National Park
on the western flank of the Olympic Mountains receives an annual average rainfall of 142 inches (3,607 mm), and the state capital, Olympia—south of the rain shadow—receives an annual average rainfall of 52 inches (1,321 mm). Snowfall is very infrequent, especially at lower elevations and near the coast, and is usually light and fleeting, lasting only a few days. Heavier snowfall happens infrequently; a recent example happened from December 12–25, 2008, when over one foot of snow fell and stuck on much of the city's roads, causing widespread difficulties in a city so unaccustomed to heavy snow. Average annual snowfall, as measured at Sea-Tac Airport, is 13 inches (33 cm).
Seattle's daily record snowfall was 20 inches (51 cm) on January 13, 1950.
A sunnier and drier climate typically dominates from mid-July to mid-September. An average of 0.8 inches (20 mm) of rain falls in July and 1.0 inch (25 mm) in August. Although the summer climate is considerably drier and less humid than in areas with humid continental climates, a slight dampness can be occasionally felt, usually when temperatures reach above 80 °F (26.7 °C). This dampness is typically more noticeable during the evening when the temperatures have dropped. Because of this, Seattle experiences occasional summer thunderstorms.
The Puget Sound Convergence Zone
is an important feature of Seattle's weather. In the convergence zone, air arriving from the north meets air flowing in from the south. Both streams of air originate over the Pacific Ocean; airflow is split by the Olympic Mountains to Seattle's west, then reunited by the Cascade Mountains to the east. When the air currents meet, they are forced upward, resulting in convection.
Thunderstorms caused by this activity can occur north and south of town, but Seattle itself rarely receives worse weather than occasional thunder and ice-pellet showers. The Hanukkah Eve Wind Storm
in December 2006 is an exception that brought heavy rain and winds gusting up to 69 mph (111 km/h).
Another exception to Seattle's dampness may occur in El Niño
years, when the marine weather systems track as far south as California and little precipitation falls in the Puget Sound area.
Since the region's water comes from mountain snowpacks during the drier summer months, El Niño winters can not only produce substandard skiing but can result in water rationing and a shortage of hydroelectric power the following summer.
Climate data for Seattle, Washington
|Record high °F (°C)
|Average high °F (°C)
|Average low °F (°C)
|Record low °F (°C)
|Precipitation inches (mm)
|Snowfall inches (mm)
|Avg. rainy days
|Avg. snowy days
|Source: National Climatic Data Center February 2009, updated for record high July 2009
Downtown Seattle includes a tightly packed financial district along with residential areas and a panoramic waterfront.
Seattle has grown through a series of annexations of smaller neighboring communities. On May 3, 1891, Magnolia
, Green Lake
, and the University District
(then known as Brooklyn) were annexed.
The town of South Seattle was annexed on October 20, 1905.
Between January 7 and September 12, 1907, Seattle nearly doubled its land area by annexing six incorporated towns and areas of unincorporated King County, including Southeast Seattle, Ravenna
, South Park
, Columbia City
, and West Seattle
Three years later, after having difficulties paying a $10,000 bill from the county, the town of Georgetown
merged with Seattle.
Finally, on January 4, 1954, the area between N. 85th Street and N. 145th Street was annexed, including the neighborhoods of Pinehurst
, Maple Leaf
, Lake City
, View Ridge
Former Seattle mayor Greg Nickels is among those who have called Seattle "a city of neighborhoods",
although the boundaries (and even names) of those neighborhoods are often open to dispute. For example, a Department of Neighborhoods spokeswoman reported that her own neighborhood has gone from "the 'CD' (Central District
) to 'Madrona' to 'Greater Madison Valley' and now 'Madrona Park'.
Over a dozen Seattle neighborhoods have Neighborhood Service Centers, originally known in 1972 as "Little City Halls"
and even more have their own street fair and/or parade during the summer months.
The largest of the city's street fairs feature hundreds of craft and food booths and multiple stages with live entertainment, and draw more than 100,000 people over the course of a weekend.
In addition, at least half a dozen neighborhoods have weekly farmers' markets, some with as many as fifty vendors.
The Space Needle
, dating from the Century 21 Exposition (1962), is Seattle's most recognizable landmark, having been featured in the logo of the television show Frasier
and the backgrounds of the television series Dark Angel
, Grey's Anatomy
, and films such as It Happened at the World's Fair
and Sleepless in Seattle
. The fairgrounds surrounding the Needle have been converted into Seattle Center
, which remains the site of many local civic and cultural events, such as Bumbershoot
, and the Bite of Seattle
. Seattle Center plays multiple roles in the city, ranging from a public fair ground to a civic center, though recent economic losses have called its viability and future into question.
The Seattle Center Monorail
was also constructed for Century 21 and still runs from Seattle Center to Westlake Center
, a downtown shopping mall, a little over a mile to the southeast.
Starbucks has been at Pike Place Market since the coffee company was founded there in 1971. The first store is still operating a block south of its original location.
The Moore Theatre
has been a performing arts venue in Downtown Seattle since its construction in 1907.
Seattle is considered the home of grunge music
because it was home to artists such as Nirvana
, Pearl Jam
, Alice in Chains
, and Mudhoney
all of whom reached vast audiences in the early 1990s.
The city is also home to such varied musicians as avant-garde jazz
musicians Bill Frisell
and Wayne Horvitz
, rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot
, smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G
, heavy metal
and Sunn O)))
, as well as such poppier
rock bands as Harvey Danger
, and The Presidents of the United States of America
. Such musicians as Jimi Hendrix
, Duff McKagan
, Nikki Sixx
, and Quincy Jones
spent their formative years in Seattle.
Seattle annually sends a team of spoken word
slammers to the National Poetry Slam and considers itself home of some of the most talented performance poets in the world: Buddy Wakefield
, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champ; Anis Mojgani
, two-time National Poetry Slam Champ;
and Danny Sherrard
, 2007 National Poetry Slam Champ and 2008 Individual World Poetry Slam Champ.
Seattle also hosted the 2001 national Poetry Slam Tournament. The Seattle Poetry Festival is a biennial poetry festival that (launched first as the Poetry Circus in 1997) has featured local, regional, national, and international names in poetry.
Additionally, the city is also home to the Seattle Polish Film Festival
) an annual film festival showcasing current and past films of Polish cinema
The festival is produced by the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association and awards the Seattle Spirit of Polish Cinema awards as well as the Viewers Choice of Best Film.
Today, Seattle has one major daily newspaper, The Seattle Times
. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
, known as the P-I
, published a daily newspaper from 1863 to March 17, 2009. There is also a Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
and the University of Washington publishes The Daily
, a student-run publication, when school is in session. The most prominent weeklies are the Seattle Weekly
and The Stranger
; both consider themselves "alternative" papers
. Real Change
is a weekly street newspaper
that is sold mainly by homeless
persons as an alternative to panhandling
. There are also several ethnic newspapers, including the Northwest Asian Weekly
, and numerous neighborhood newspapers, including the North Seattle Journal
Seattle is also well served by television and radio, with all major U.S. networks represented, along with at least five other English-language stations and two Spanish-language stations.
Seattle cable viewers also receive CBUT
) from Vancouver
, British Columbia
Leading non-commercial radio stations include NPR
94.9 and KPLU-FM
88.5 (Tacoma). Other notable stations include KEXP-FM
90.3 (affiliated with EMP), KBCS-FM
91.3 (affiliated with Bellevue College
), and KNHC-FM
89.5, which broadcasts an electronic music
format and is owned by the public school system and operated by students of Nathan Hale High School. Many Seattle radio stations are also available through Internet radio
, with KEXP in particular being a pioneer of Internet radio.
Seattle also has numerous commercial radio stations, including KING-FM
, one of the last commercial classical music stations in the United States.
Seattle-based online magazines Worldchanging
and Grist.org were two of the "Top Green Websites" in 2007 according to Time
Seattle also has many online newspapers. The two largest are The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer (the latter now online only).
210 cruise ship visits brought 886,039 passengers to Seattle in 2008.
Among Seattle's prominent annual fairs and festivals are the 24-day Seattle International Film Festival
, Northwest Folklife
over the Memorial Day
weekend, numerous Seafair
events throughout July and August (ranging from a Bon Odori
celebration to the Seafair Cup hydroplane
races), the Bite of Seattle
, one of the largest Gay Pride
festivals in the United States, and the art and music festival Bumbershoot
, which programs music as well as other art and entertainment over the Labor Day
weekend. All are typically attended by 100,000 people annually, as are the Seattle Hempfest
and two separate Independence Day
In the past, the Gay Pride parade and festival have been centered on Capitol Hill, but since 2006, festivities have been held city-wide, and the parade has followed a route in Downtown from the retail core to Seattle Center.
Woodland Park Zoo
opened as a private menagerie
in 1889, but was sold to the city in 1899.
The Seattle Aquarium
has been open on the downtown waterfront since 1977 (undergoing a renovation 2006).
The Seattle Underground
Tour is an exhibit of places that existed before the Great Fire.
There are also many community centers
for recreation, including Rainier Beach, Van Asselt, Rainier, and Jefferson south of the Ship Canal and Green Lake, Laurelhurst, Loyal Heights north of the Canal, and Meadowbrook.
Since the middle 1990s, Seattle has experienced significant growth in the cruise industry, especially as a departure point for Alaska cruises. In 2008, a record total of 886,039 cruise passengers passed through the city, surpassing the number for Vancouver, BC, the other major departure point for Alaska cruises.
Seattle also boasts a strong history in collegiate sports, the University of Washington
and Seattle University
are NCAA Division I
schools. The Major League Baseball All-Star game was held in Seattle twice, first at the Kingdome
in 1979 and again at Safeco Field in 2001. That same year, the Seattle Mariners tied the all-time single regular season wins record with 116 wins. The NBA All-Star game was also held in Seattle twice, the first in 1974 at the Seattle Center Coliseum and the second in 1987 at the Kingdome.
Green Lake Park
, popular among runners, contains a 2.7-mile (4.3 km) trail circling the lake.
Seattle's mild, temperate marine climate allows year-round outdoor recreation, including walking, cycling, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, motor boating, sailing, team sports, and swimming.
In town, many people walk around Green Lake
, through the forests and along the bluffs and beaches of 535-acre (2.2 km2
) Discovery Park
(the largest park in the city) in Magnolia, along the shores of Myrtle Edwards Park
on the Downtown waterfront, along the shoreline of Lake Washington at Seward Park
, or along Alki Beach in West Seattle. Also popular are hikes and skiing in the nearby Cascade or Olympic Mountains
and kayaking and sailing in the waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca
, and the Strait of Georgia
. In 2005, Men's Fitness
magazine named Seattle the fittest
city in the United States.
Seattle's economy is driven a mix of older industrial companies, "new economy" Internet and technology companies, service, design and clean technology companies. The Port of Seattle is a major economic engine. Though it has not been unaffected by the recent recession, Seattle has retained a comparatively strong economy, and remains a hotbed for start-up businesses, especially in green building and clean technologies: it was ranked as America's #1 "smarter city" based on its government policies and green economy.
The Seattle housing market, especially in center-city neighborhoods, has not seen the sort of drop in value most housing markets around the nation have seen in recent years.
The Seattle region's economy is increasingly diverse and multi-sectoral.
Still, very large companies dominate the business landscape. Six companies on the 2008 Fortune 500
list of the United States' largest companies, based on total revenue are headquartered in Seattle: former financial services company Washington Mutual
( now Chase ) (#97), Internet retailer Amazon.com
(#171), coffee chain Starbucks
(#277), department store Nordstrom
(#299), insurance company Safeco
(#388), and global logistics firm Expeditors International
However, in April 2008, the sale of Safeco to Liberty Mutual Group
was announced and in September 2008, Washington Mutual was seized by the FDIC
and was sold to JPMorgan Chase
Other Fortune 500 companies popularly associated with Seattle are based in nearby Puget Sound cities. Warehouse club chain Costco
(#29), the largest company in Washington, is based in Issaquah
(#44) and Nintendo
of America are located in Redmond
, the forest products company (#147), is based in Federal Way. Finally, Bellevue
is home to truck manufacturer PACCAR
(#169), and to international mobile telephony giant T-Mobile's U.S. subsidiary, T-Mobile USA.
Prior to moving its headquarters to Chicago
, aerospace manufacturer Boeing
(#27) was the largest company based in Seattle. Its largest division is still headquartered in nearby Renton, and the company has large aircraft manufacturing plants in Everett and Renton, so it remains the largest private employer in the Seattle metropolitan area.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announced a desire to spark a new economic boom driven by the biotechnology
industry in 2006. Major redevelopment of the South Lake Union
neighborhood is underway, in an effort to attract new and established biotech companies to the city, joining biotech companies Corixa
(acquired by GlaxoSmithKline
), Immunex (now part of Amgen), Trubion
, and ZymoGenetics. Vulcan Inc.
, the holding company of billionaire Paul Allen
, is behind most of the development projects in the region. While some see the new development as an economic boon, others have criticized Nickels and the Seattle City Council
for pandering to Allen's interests at taxpayers' expense.
Also in 2006, Expansion Magazine
ranked Seattle among the top 10 metropolitan areas in the nation for climates favorable to business expansion.
In 2005, Forbes
ranked Seattle as the most expensive American city for buying a house based on the local income levels.
According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management, Seattle had a population of 602,000 as of April 1, 2009.
In the 2000 census
interim measurements of 2006, there were 258,499 households and 113,400 families residing in the city.
Seattle has seen a major increase in immigration in recent decades: the foreign-born population increased 40% between the 1990 and 2000 censuses.
At nearly 4 percent, Greater Seattle has the highest concentration of Multiracial Americans of any major metropolitan area in the United States. The Chinese
population in the Seattle Area has origins in China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan. The earliest Chinese-Americans that came in the late 19th and early 20th century were almost entirely from Guangdong province. The Seattle area is also home to a high Laotian
There is also a Filipino community around the Seattle Area.
In addition, the city is home to over 30,000 Somali
As of 1999, the median income of a city household was $45,736, and the median income for a family was $62,195. Males had a median income of $40,929 versus $35,134 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,306
11.8 percent of the population and 6.9 percent of families are below the poverty line. Of people living in poverty, 13.8 percent are under the age of 18 and 10.2 percent are 65 or older.
It is estimated that King County has 8,000 homeless on any given night, and many of those live in Seattle.
In September 2005, King County adopted a "Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness", one of the near-term results of which is a shift of funding from homeless shelter
beds to permanent housing.
In 2006, after growing by 4,000 citizens per annum for the previous 16 years, regional planners expected the population of Seattle to grow by 200,000 people by 2040.
However, Mayor Nickels supported plans that would increase the population by 60 percent, or 350,000 people, by 2040 and is working on ways to accommodate this growth while keeping Seattle's single-family housing zoning laws.
The Seattle City Council later voted to relax height limits on buildings in the greater part of Downtown, partly with the aim of increasing residential density in the city center.
A 2006 study by UCLA
indicates that Seattle has one of the highest LGBT
populations per capita. With 12.9 percent of citizens polled identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, the city ranks second of all major US cities, behind San Francisco
and slightly ahead of Atlanta
Greater Seattle also ranks second among major US metropolitan areas, with 6.5 percent being LGBT.
According to the 2000 U.S. census interim measurements of 2004, Seattle has the fifth highest proportion of single-person households nationwide among cities of 100,000 or more residents, at 40.8 percent.
Government and politics
The state's senior member of the United States Senate is Democrat Patty Murray
, elected in 1992. The state's junior member of the United States Senate is Democrat Maria Cantwell
, elected in 2000. The Governor of Washington is Democrat Christine Gregoire
, elected in 2004.
Of the city's population over the age of 25, 53.8 percent (vs. a national average of 27.4 percent) hold a bachelor's degree
or higher, and 91.9 percent (vs. 84.5 percent nationally) have a high school diploma or equivalent
A United States Census Bureau survey showed that Seattle had the highest percentage of college and university graduates of any major U.S. city.
The city was listed as the most literate of the country's sixty-nine largest cities in 2005 and 2006, the second most literate in 2007, after Minneapolis, and tied with Minneapolis for most literate in 2008 in studies conducted by Central Connecticut State University.
Seattle Public Schools
desegregated without a court order
but continue to struggle to achieve racial balance in a somewhat ethnically divided city (the south part of town having more ethnic minorities than the north).
In 2007, Seattle's racial tie-breaking system was struck down by the United States Supreme Court, but the ruling left the door open for desegregation formulae based on other indicators (e.g., income or socioeconomic class).
The public school system is supplemented by a moderate number of private schools: five of the private high schools are Catholic, one is Lutheran, and six are secular.
Seattle is home to one of the United States' most respected public research universities, the University of Washington
, as well as its professional and continuing Education unit, University of Washington Educational Outreach
. A study by Newsweek International
in 2006 cited UW as the twenty-second best university in the world.
Seattle also has a number of smaller private universities including Seattle University
and Seattle Pacific University
, both founded by religious groups; universities aimed at the working adult, like City University
and Antioch University
; colleges, such as North Seattle Community College, Seattle Central Community College, and South Seattle Community College; and a number of arts colleges, such as Cornish College of the Arts
and The Art Institute of Seattle
. In 2001, Time
magazine selected Seattle Central Community College
as community college of the year, stating the school "pushes diverse students to work together in small teams".
The University of Washington is consistently ranked among the country's top leading institutions in medical research. Seattle has seen local developments of modern paramedic services with the establishment of Medic One
In 1974, a 60 Minutes
story on the success of the then four-year-old Medic One paramedic system called Seattle "the best place in the world to have a heart attack".
Located in the Laurelhurst
neighborhood, Seattle Children's
, formerly Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, is the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
has a campus in the Eastlake neighborhood and also shares facilities with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and University of Washington Medical Center. The University District is home to the University of Washington Medical Center
which, along with Harborview, is operated by the University of Washington. Seattle is also served by a Veterans Affairs
hospital on Beacon Hill
, a third campus of Swedish in Ballard, and Northwest Hospital and Medical Center
near Northgate Mall
The first streetcars appeared in 1889 and were instrumental in the creation of a relatively well-defined downtown and strong neighborhoods at the end of their lines. The advent of the automobile sounded the death knell for rail in Seattle. Tacoma–Seattle railway service ended in 1929 and the Everett–Seattle service came to an end in 1939, replaced by inexpensive automobiles running on the recently developed highway system. Rails on city streets were paved over or removed, and the arrival of trolleybuses
brought the end of streetcars in Seattle in 1941. This left an extensive network of privately owned buses (later public) as the only mass transit within the city and throughout the region.
According to the 2007 American Community Survey, 18.6 percent of Seattle residents used one of the three public transit systems that serve the city, giving it the highest transit ridership of all major cities without heavy or light rail
prior to the completion of Sound Transit's Central Link line.
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
, locally known as Sea-Tac Airport and located just south in the neighboring city of SeaTac
, is operated by the Port of Seattle
and provides commercial air service to destinations throughout the world. Closer to downtown, Boeing Field
is used for general aviation, cargo flights, and testing/delivery of Boeing airliners.
The main mode of transportation, however, relies on Seattle's streets, which are laid out in a cardinal directions grid pattern
, except in the central business district where early city leaders Arthur Denny and Carson Boren
insisted on orienting their plats relative to the shoreline rather than to true North.
Only two roads, Interstate 5
and State Route 99
(both limited-access highways), run uninterrupted through the city from north to south. State Route 99 runs through downtown Seattle on the Alaskan Way Viaduct
, which was built in 1953. However, due to damage sustained during the 2001 Nisqually earthquake
the viaduct will be replaced by a tunnel in 2015 at a cost of US$
From 2006 to 2008, transit ridership in Seattle went up by 23%,
and many bus routes in the central part of the city are routinely forced to leave passengers because they are full. Seattle now has the worst traffic congestion of all American cities.
The city has started moving away from the automobile and towards mass transit. In 2006, voters in King County passed proposition 2(Transit Now) which increased bus service hours on high ridership routes and payed for five Bus Rapid Transit lines called RapidRide. 
After rejecting a roads and transit measure in 2007, Seattle-area voters passed a transit only measure in 2008 that increases ST Express bus service and extends the Link Light Rail system (currently 15.7 miles with 3 miles under construction) by over thirty miles and adds 4 more round trips daily.
New Mayor Mike Mcginn hopes to put another transit measure on the 2010 ballot to build light rail from Downtown Seattle to Ballard, Fremont, and West Seattle 
After seeing a surprisingly large amount of support for it from is campaign's (and now city's) policy forum.
Seattle Steam Company, one of Seattle's privately owned utility companies
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