Seattle, WA
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Living in Seattle


Seattle is a very large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 704,352 people and 139 constituent neighborhoods, Seattle is the largest community in Washington.

Seattle home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Seattle real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Seattle is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.20% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Seattle is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Seattle who work in management occupations (14.48%), office and administrative support (9.21%), and sales jobs (8.78%).

Also of interest is that Seattle has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Seattle is also a city of artists. Seattle has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Seattle’s character.

One of the nice things about Seattle is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Seattle is having a public transportation system, but in Seattle the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Seattle benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

If knowledge is power, Seattle is a pretty powerful place. 60.42% of the adults in Seattle have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Seattle in 2010 was $48,686, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $194,744 for a family of four. However, Seattle contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Seattle is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Seattle home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Seattle residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Seattle include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

In addition, Seattle has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.05%).

The most common language spoken in Seattle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.