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 91.04% 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 (14.57%), computer science and math (9.28%), and business and financial occupations (8.87%).
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 interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.25% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Seattle is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Seattle. This makes Seattle a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Seattle presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
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. 62.80% 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 $55,789, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $223,156 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 18.46% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Seattle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.