Seattle, WA

Known as the “Emerald City” for its nearby lush evergreen forests, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region. In 2013, Seattle grew faster than any other major American city at 2.8%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Seattle metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is the 15th largest in the U.S. with 3.6 million inhabitants. The Port of Seattle is the 8th largest port based on container capacity and is a major gateway for trade with Asia and cruises to Alaska. Seattle is also known for its jazz music early on and eventually transforming itself as the birthplace of rock and alternative-style grunge.


With its strong economy, Seattle continues to be a hotbed for start-up businesses, especially in green building and clean technology, and was ranked as America’s No. 1 “smarter city” based on its government policies and green economy. Major industries in the region include software, biotechnology, coffee/beverage, retail, and transportation. Companies headquartered in the Seattle MSA include Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Costco, Nordstrom’s, Alaska Airlines, and T-Mobile. Although it recently moved its headquarters to Chicago, Boeing is still the metropolitan’s largest private employer. 

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