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 753,675 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 91.28% 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 (14.58%), computer science and math (10.10%), and business and financial occupations (8.69%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Seattle telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.40% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
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, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Seattle are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Seattle. 64.05% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Seattle in 2018 was $59,835, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $239,340 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.
Seattle also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.78%.
The most common language spoken in Seattle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.