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Seattle city, Washington

Seattle city, Washington
Nickname(s):The Emerald City, Seatown, Rain City, Jet City, Gateway to Alaska, Gateway to The Pacific, Queen City
Incorporated:December 2, 1869
- Total:608.660 (2010)
- Density:7.160,7/sq mi (2.792,0/sq km)
Area code(s):206
Time zone:PST (UTC−8)
Summer Time zone:PDT (UTC−7)
- Total:144 sq mi (371 sq km)
- Land:85 sq mi (218 sq km)
- Water:60 sq mi (153 sq km)
- % water:41,24 %

Quick information summary of the Seattle city area.

Seattle city is located in the state of Washington. It occupies the area of 144 square miles. 60 square miles are water areas and 85 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Seattle city lies at +47.6204993, -122.3508761 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 608.660 living in the Seattle city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (69.48%), Asian (13.84%) and Black or African American (7.94%). Median age is 36 for the males and 36 for the females.

Seattle is a city in the U.S. state of Washington. With a population of 608,660, it is the largest city in Washington, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and the largest city on the West Coast north of San Francisco.

The city is known as “The Emerald City,” “Rain City,” “Gateway to the Pacific,” “Jet City,” “Seatown” and “Queen City.” One of the most recognizable symbols of Seattle is the famous tower called Space Needle. Its residents are called Seattelites. The city is served by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The professional sport teams based in the city include Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Mariners (MLB) and Seattle Sounders FC (MLS). It also used to be the home of Seattle Supersonics.

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Statistical data for the Seattle city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
422,87069.48 %
Black or African American alone
48,3167.94 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4,8090.79 %
Asian alone
84,21513.84 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2,3510.39 %
Some Other Race alone
14,8522.44 %
Two or More races
31,2475.13 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Seattle city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Seattle city part within the Subdivision
King County 1.931.249- Seattle city part608.660
Seattle CCD 965.769- Seattle city part608.660

Profile of the Seattle city

History of Seattle

The area of present-day Seattle was originally inhabited by the Suquamish tribe. The first people of European descent were Illinois farmers who settled in the area and named the town Seattle in honor of the Indian chief Sealth who befriended them upon their arrival. The primary industry in the town was lumber, which was shipped to San Francisco to accommodate the building boom resulting from the gold rush.

Seattle was incorporated as a city in 1869.When the Great Northern Railroad reached Seattle in the last decade of the 19th century, the city became a large maritime and rail commercial center and the point of entry for the trade with the Orient. With the Alaska Gold Rush, Seattle became the “Gateway to the Klondike” and experienced a great population boom.

The Boeing Company, now a leading manufacturer of airplanes and spacecraft, started in Seattle as a small local firm in 1916. This was the beginning of the aerospace industry that has played an enormous part in the economy of Seattle during both world wars and in the 1960s. With the Seattle World’s Fair of 1962, the city established itself as an entertainment and tourist center too. After 1975, the economy of Seattle was further diversified and the city became a financial, industrial, service and trade center in the American Northwest. In 1999, the city hosted the summit of the World Trade Organization and made headlines after forty thousand people gathered to protest globalization.

Geography and Climate

Seattle is located between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. The primary harbor in the city is Elliott Bay, located on the Sound, which makes the city an oceanic port. The Kitsap Peninsula and Olympic Mountains lie to the west while to the east lies the Cascade Range. The city is said to lie on seven hills, like Rome. Being located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Seattle is prone to earthquakes. The worst earthquakes occurred in 1700, 1872, 1949, 1965 and, more recently, in 2001.

The climate in Seattle is oceanic or temperate marine. Winters are mild and wet and summers are warm and dry. Even though it has a reputation of a reputation of a place where it always rains, Seattle is not one of the ten rainiest cities in the USA. Still, the city is frequently cloudy and only gets an average of 71 sunny days a year.

Landmarks in Seattle

The most recognizable landmark in Seattle is the Space Needle, featured in movies and TV shows such as “Sleepless in Seattle,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Killing.” The fairgrounds around the tower have been converted into Seattle Center which hosts many civic and cultural events.

Other landmarks include the Smith Tower, Columbia Center, Washington Mutual Tower, Pike Place Market, the Fremont Troll, the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum, the Seattle Central Library and the Seattle Great Wheel.


In 2010, Seattle had a population of 608,660 and the racial makeup was 66.3% non-Hispanic White, 13.8% Asian, 7.9% Black or African American, 6.6% Hispanic or Latino, 0.8% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 5.1% two or more races and 2.1% some other race.

Seattle has one of the largest LGBT populations per capita, with 12.9% residents identifying as gay, bisexual or transgender.


The economy in Seattle is divided between older industrial companies and new, Internet and technology-based ones, and also services, design and clean technologies. In 2011, the gross metropolitan product was $231 billion, making it the 12th largest metropolitan economy in the country. The Port of Seattle, as a gateway for trade with Asia and cruises to Alaska, is the eighth largest USA port for container capacity.

Seattle is home of the three Fortune 500 companies:, Starbucks and Nordstrom. Other Fortune 500 companies based in the area but not in the city proper include Nintendo, Costco, T-Mobile USA, PACCAR and Providence Health & Services. Boeing used to be the largest company based in Seattle before its headquarters moved to Chicago.

Seattle is a city of coffee drinkers and in addition to Starbucks it is also home to Tully’s and Seattle’s Best Coffee, as well as a number of small, family-operated and artisanal roasters and cafes.

Culture and Arts in Seattle

The city is home to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera and pacific Northwest Ballet. Seattle has around 100 theatre companies and over 20 theatre venues. It also has a strong spoken word and slam poetry scene.

Still, what is Seattle probably most famous for culturally is its popular music scene. The city is considered to be the birthplace of grunge, with bands such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Mudhoney, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. It is also home to many prominent jazz musicians, most notably Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, Kenny G, as well as celebrated metal bands like Queensryche, Himsa, Nevermore and Sunn O))). The legendary record label Sub Pop started in Seattle and its roster today, in addition to the bands of the grunge era, includes names such as Band of Horses, Sunny Day Real Estate, Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse.


The largest institution of higher education in Seattle in the University of Washington. Other institutions include Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, City University, Antioch University, Cornish College of Arts, Pratt Fine Arts Center, The Art Institute of Seattle, as well as several community colleges.

Statistical data for the Seattle city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
422,87069.48 %
Black or African American alone
48,3167.94 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4,8090.79 %
Asian alone
84,21513.84 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2,3510.39 %
Some Other Race alone
14,8522.44 %
Two or More races
31,2475.13 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
568,33193.37 %
Hispanic or Latino
40,3296.63 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
568,33193.37 %
White alone
403,57871.01 %
Black or African American alone
47,1138.29 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3,8810.68 %
Asian alone
83,53714.70 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2,2460.40 %
Some Other Race alone
1,4640.26 %
Two or More races
26,5124.66 %
Hispanic or Latino
40,3296.63 %
White alone
19,29247.84 %
Black or African American alone
1,2032.98 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
9282.30 %
Asian alone
6781.68 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1050.26 %
Some Other Race alone
13,38833.20 %
Two or More races
4,73511.74 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
121,69042.92 %
Husband-wife family
92,52276.03 %
Other family
29,16823.97 %
Male householder, no wife present
8,51929.21 %
Female householder, no husband present
20,64970.79 %
Nonfamily households
161,82057.08 %
Householder living alone
117,05472.34 %
Householder not living alone
44,76627.66 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Seattle city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Seattle city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Seattle city center


  • Harborview Medical Center Heliport [1.72 mi] [2.77 km]
  • 1001 Fourth Avenue Plaza Heliport [1.24 mi] [2 km]
  • Washington Building Heliport [1.23 mi] [1.98 km]


  • King County Youth Services Center Juvenile Court [1.99 mi] [3.21 km]
  • Seattle Public Utilities Building [1.44 mi] [2.31 km]
  • Seattle Fire Department Harborview Medical Center Medic One Headquarters [1.63 mi] [2.63 km]
  • Rainier Club [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]
  • Seattle Central Library [1.3 mi] [2.09 km]
  • Seattle University Campion Residence Hall [1.75 mi] [2.82 km]
  • Frye Art Museum [1.55 mi] [2.5 km]
  • Seattle Art Museum [1.08 mi] [1.74 km]
  • Olympic Hotel [1.19 mi] [1.91 km]
  • Seattle Medical and Rehabilitation Center [2.02 mi] [3.25 km]
  • Garfield Community Center [2.43 mi] [3.91 km]
  • Seattle Tower [1.12 mi] [1.8 km]
  • Seattle Aquarium [0.93 mi] [1.49 km]
  • Seattle University Bellarmine Residence Hall [1.77 mi] [2.85 km]
  • Seattle University A A Lemieux Library [1.69 mi] [2.73 km]
  • Heritage House at the Market [0.88 mi] [1.42 km]
  • Exeter House Retirement Community [1.23 mi] [1.98 km]
  • Fifth Avenue Theater [1.06 mi] [1.7 km]
  • Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center [1.24 mi] [2 km]


  • Church of Mary Magdalene [1.42 mi] [2.28 km]
  • Downtown Seattle Trinity Episcopal Church [1.56 mi] [2.51 km]
  • First United Methodist Church [1.41 mi] [2.27 km]
  • Zion United House of Prayer [2.37 mi] [3.82 km]
  • First Church of Christ Scientist [1.16 mi] [1.87 km]
  • Saint James Cathedral [1.49 mi] [2.39 km]
  • Cornerstone Baptist Church [2.32 mi] [3.73 km]
  • Trinity Faith Temple [2.32 mi] [3.73 km]
  • Cherry Hill Baptist Church [2.38 mi] [3.83 km]
  • Oneness Christian Center [2.65 mi] [4.26 km]
  • First Presbyterian Church [1.35 mi] [2.16 km]
  • Truevine Missionary Baptist Church [2.12 mi] [3.42 km]
  • Plymouth Congregational Church [1.2 mi] [1.92 km]
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church [2.51 mi] [4.04 km]
  • Living Hope Chapel [1.04 mi] [1.67 km]
  • Lighthouse Temple Church of God [2.24 mi] [3.6 km]
  • Immaculate Conception Church [2.11 mi] [3.4 km]
  • Madrona Presbyterian Church [2.87 mi] [4.62 km]


  • Interchange 165A [1.56 mi] [2.51 km]


  • Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hill Campus [2.14 mi] [3.44 km]
  • Swedish Medical Center First Hill Campus [1.57 mi] [2.52 km]
  • Mason Hospital [1.34 mi] [2.16 km]
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center [1.3 mi] [2.1 km]


  • Pier 54 [1.26 mi] [2.02 km]
  • Pier Fifty Six [1.13 mi] [1.81 km]
  • Pier 56 [1.02 mi] [1.64 km]
  • Schwabachers Dock [1.03 mi] [1.65 km]
  • Broadway Market [1.69 mi] [2.72 km]
  • Seattle University Murphy Garage [1.77 mi] [2.85 km]
  • Pier 57 [0.88 mi] [1.42 km]
  • Pike Place Market [0.93 mi] [1.49 km]
  • Pier 59 [0.78 mi] [1.26 km]
  • Pier 62 [0.78 mi] [1.25 km]
  • Seattle University Broadway Garage [1.6 mi] [2.58 km]
  • Bell Harbor Marina [0.74 mi] [1.2 km]


  • Waterfront Park [1.04 mi] [1.68 km]

Populated Place

  • Seattle [1.32 mi] [2.12 km]
  • Madrona [2.72 mi] [4.38 km]

Post Office

  • Federal Station Post Office [1.33 mi] [2.14 km]
  • Columbia Center Branch Post Office [1.48 mi] [2.38 km]
  • Seafirst Post Office [1.26 mi] [2.02 km]
  • Mid-Town Seattle Post Office [1.05 mi] [1.69 km]


  • Childhaven Broadway Branch [1.79 mi] [2.87 km]
  • Kids Centre Daycare Center [1.24 mi] [2 km]
  • Garfield High School [2.52 mi] [4.05 km]
  • Little Eagles Daycare Center [1.28 mi] [2.05 km]
  • Bright Horizons at Fourth and Madison [1.31 mi] [2.11 km]
  • Cottage School Harborview [1.57 mi] [2.53 km]
  • Seattle University Teilhard de Chardin Hall [1.78 mi] [2.87 km]
  • Seattle University James Tower [2.14 mi] [3.44 km]
  • Causeys Learning Center [2.41 mi] [3.88 km]
  • Seattle University Connolly Center [1.97 mi] [3.17 km]
  • O'Dea High School [1.5 mi] [2.41 km]
  • North Seattle Learning Center [2.47 mi] [3.97 km]
  • Seattle University Student Center [1.75 mi] [2.81 km]
  • Nova Alternative School [2.48 mi] [3.99 km]
  • Mann School [2.47 mi] [3.98 km]
  • Islamic School of Seattle [2.52 mi] [4.05 km]
  • Seattle Infant Development Center and Preschool [1.18 mi] [1.9 km]
  • Seattle University Student Center Pavilion [1.75 mi] [2.82 km]
  • Seattle University Seaport Building [1.82 mi] [2.93 km]
  • Seattle University Loyola Hall [1.65 mi] [2.65 km]
  • Seattle University Bannan Engineering Building [1.68 mi] [2.7 km]
  • Seattle University Sullivan Hall [1.72 mi] [2.76 km]
  • Seattle University Ronald A Peterson Law Clinic [1.74 mi] [2.8 km]
  • Seahawks Academy [2.11 mi] [3.4 km]
  • Lake Washington Girls Middle School [2.11 mi] [3.4 km]
  • Seattle University Bannan Science Building [1.68 mi] [2.71 km]
  • Seattle University University Services Building [1.72 mi] [2.77 km]
  • Pacific First Montessori School [1.05 mi] [1.69 km]
  • Seattle University Admissions and Alumni Building [1.77 mi] [2.84 km]
  • Seattle University Casey Building [1.62 mi] [2.61 km]


  • Denny Hill [1.15 mi] [1.84 km]


  • KBEH-TV (Bellevue) [1.45 mi] [2.33 km]
  • KBGE-TV (Bellevue) [1.45 mi] [2.33 km]
  • KONG-TV (Everett) [1.45 mi] [2.33 km]
  • KXA [1.02 mi] [1.65 km]
  • KRPM-AM (Seattle) [1.02 mi] [1.65 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
Bainbridge IslandSeattle98110
SeattleBeacon Hill98144
SeattleBitter Lake98177, 98133
SeattleBryn Mawr98178
SeattleBurien98146, 98148, 98168, 98166
SeattleCapital One98190
SeattleCapitol Hill98102
SeattleCrown Hill98117
SeattleDes Moines98198, 98148
SeattleDiagnos Techs Inc98189
SeattleEast Union98122
SeattleForest Park98155
SeattleFort Lawton98199
SeattleLake City98125
SeattleLake Forest Park98155
SeattleLk Forest Park98155
SeattleLk Forest Pk98155
SeattleMadison Park98112
SeattleMcmicken Heights98188
SeattleNormandy Park98166, 98148, 98198
SeattleNorth City98155
SeattlePioneer Square98104
SeattleQueen Anne98109
SeattleRedondo Beach98198
SeattleReg Lib Handicapped98129
SeattleRichmond Beach98177, 98160
SeattleRichmond Highlands98133
SeattleSafeco Plaza98185
SeattleSeatac98148, 98158, 98168, 98198, 98188
SeattleSeatac Airport98158
SeattleSeattle98199, 98177, 98188, 98198, 98166, 98178, 98155, 98185, 98181, 98195, 98168, 98158, 98170, 98191, 98190, 98174, 98175, 98189, 98164, 98161, 98160, 98194, 98165, 98109, 98106, 98105, 98122, 98124, 98125, 98126, 98121, 98127, 98119, 98118, 98101, 98111, 98112, 98113, 98114, 98115, 98116, 98107, 98117, 98129, 98131, 98102, 98139, 98141, 98144, 98145, 98146, 98108, 98148, 98138, 98154, 98133, 98132, 98134, 98104, 98136, 98103
SeattleSeattle Naval Support Activi98115
SeattleShoreline98155, 98177, 98133
SeattleThe Highlands98177
SeattleTimes Square98101
SeattleTukwila98108, 98188, 98138, 98168, 98178
SeattleUniv Of Washington98195
SeattleWest Seattle98116
SeattleWestwood Village98126
SeattleWhite Center98106, 98146

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