Seattle, WA
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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 684,451 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 90.63% 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 (13.26%), office and administrative support (10.00%), and sales jobs (9.12%).

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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Seattle is a pretty powerful place. 57.92% 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 $44,167, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $176,668 for a family of four. However, Seattle contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Seattle is a very 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.

Seattle also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.98%.

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