About The City Of Seattle
Also known as The Emerald City, Seattle is the biggest city in the State of Washington with a population exceeding 700,000. The city has been known by other nicknames in the past including Rain City and this should give you an idea of the kind of weather the city is famous. People call it Emerald because the city and the areas nearby enjoy a pleasant weather which leaves the landscape green throughout the year. Where many cities in the US are known to experience weather extremities throughout the year, Seattle’s summers are cool and the winters mild. When you add to the ever present greenery and the availability of forests and parks within the city’s vicinity, it is easy to appreciate why this is a popular tourist destination. As of 2017 (the latest statistics available) the city received over 20 million visitors up from 18 million the previous year.
Historically, Seattle is a city that has been known for big commerce. In the 19th century the city was famous for its lumbering industry which thrived because of the abundance of natural resources. In the same century, the discovery of gold made Seattle a popular destination for those seeking quick wealth.
Yet perhaps what makes Seattle stand out among other major US cities is the fact that it has produced corporations that have an economic mark globally. One of these is Boeing, the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturer. For many years, Boeing had it headquarters in Seattle before it moved to Chicago but even after this move the company still has a lot of production going in Seattle. Another global economic giant that calls Seattle home is Microsoft, the world’s leading producer of computer operating systems. Despite the fact that Microsoft now has a global presence, the largest chunk of its products development and research still takes place in Seattle. The company’s presence in the city has had the multiplier effect of attracting other tech companies into the city. Amazon, a leading online retailer, is another company whose headquarters are in Seattle. And if you enjoy taking your coffee at a Starbucks outlet, perhaps you should also know that the brand started off in Seattle.
There are many corporations covering diverse industries which have a presence in Seattle and this has made the city a commercial hub. This, coupled with the city’s magnetism to tourists, has made the city’s Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) one of the busiest airports in the US. Serving more than thirty different airlines and close to fifty million passengers annually, the airport is popular with both domestic and international operators. You can therefore get direct flights from the airport to major US cities as well as to international destinations such as London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. A sizeable proportion of the airplanes using the airport are cargo carriers.
Equally busy is the Port of Seattle which has grown in leaps and bounds since its founding in the early 1900s. Today, the port has a container handling facility that occupies close to 600 acres.
Being the main city in Washington and attracting as it has many tech savvy and well educated people, Seattle is a rather affluent city. Since the arrival of the first white people here in the mid-1880s, the city has had a majority of white inhabitants but it is truly multi-racial. It is therefore home to Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans and African Americans among others. While the city has a predominant Christian population, other major world religions are also represented here and you’ll therefore find Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews as well as atheists.