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 90.97% 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 (13.74%), office and administrative support (9.77%), and sales jobs (8.89%).

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.

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 is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Seattle really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Seattle citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Seattle ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Seattle a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

If knowledge is power, Seattle is a pretty powerful place. 58.94% 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 $45,673, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $182,692 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 (18.10%).

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