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 744,955 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 91.35% 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 (15.08%), office and administrative support (8.99%), and computer science and math (8.65%).
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 thing noticeable about Seattle, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Seattle is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Seattle a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Seattle is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.
Seattle is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Seattle, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Seattle are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Seattle, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Seattle is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 61.67% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Seattle in 2010 was $51,872, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $207,488 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 German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Seattle's cultural character, accounting for 18.01% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Seattle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.