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Seattle, WA

Seattle is located in the western part of the state of Washington between Puget Sound, the Pacific Ocean, and Lake Washington, and is about 96 miles south of the Canadian border. It is also part of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area, serves as the county seat of King County, and is the most populous city in the state of Washington, with approximately 560,000 residents. Seattle is one of the cloudiest cities in the United States, averaging only about 58 cloudless days out of each calendar year, and these usually occur between June and September. Though Seattle has a reputation as being one of the rainiest cities in the United States, it actually receives less rainfall than New York City.

Seattle was settled by five families in 1851 and was incorporated as a city in 1865. The city has a history of both boom and bust cycles; notable high points in the city's economic history include the Klondike Gold Rush in 1896 and the technology boom of the late-20th century. At the same time, Seattle has a history of emerging bigger and better after catastrophic events, as can be seen in how the city recovered after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. A distinctive spirit of creativity and achievement is still evident in its residents today.


Seattle's downtown area is a bustling center of art, music, poetry slams, and jazz clubs. The city's restaurants feature cuisine from famous local chefs. Neighborhood street fairs are quite popular during the summer months.


Seattle's residents are for the most part, white-collar workers who work as professionals, office workers and managers. The area is also a city of artists with more designers, artists and people working in media than 90 percent of other communities in the United States.

Seattle's largest employer is the University of Washington, which has approximately 28,000 employees. Seattle's cluster of hospitals, health-care products and services accounts for about 96,000 jobs and contributes around $10 billion to the local economy. Seattle is famously home to three major coffee companies, each of which was founded there: Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Tully's.

The city is also the home of many technology companies, including, RealNetworks, and VoiceStream (now part of T-Mobile USA). Other successful companies that call Seattle home are Microsoft, Eddie Bauer, Nintendo, and REI.

The Boeing aircraft company was one of Seattle's great success stories. After a series of mergers, the company is now based in Chicago, but its plant at Everett, north of Seattle, still produces the 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner planes.


Seattle has a wide variety of neighborhoods, including:

Other neighborhoods of Seattle include Northgate, Northwestern, Cascade, Dunlap, Mount Baker, Seward Park and Rainier View.


Some of Seattle's most popular attractions include:



Though Seattle is perhaps best known as the birthplace of grunge, it also features numerous venues that showcase a wide range of music, concerts, and performing arts.


Seattle is home to several professional teams.


Some of the many festivals and events held annually in Seattle are:


Seattle is home to three major universities, all founded in the 19th century:


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