Seattle is a derivative of the Indian name “Sealth.” Sealth was a chief of the Suquamish tribe at the time the first white settlers arrived in 1851.
November 13, 1851 by the Denny Party, who had made their way from Portland, Oregon to what is now Alki Point in West Seattle.
Seattle is located at latitude 47.39’N, longitude 122.17’W, on the eastern shore of Puget Sound, approximately 90 air miles east of the Pacific coastline and 113 miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border (49th Parallel).
Seattle has 147.52 miles of fresh water shoreline and 53.38 miles of salt water shoreline for a total of 200.90 miles of shoreline (source 1). Puget Sound has 500 square miles of water, 1,400 miles of shoreline and some 300 islands. The average depth is 205 feet with a maximum depth of 930 feet. The average water temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
|City of Seattle||King County||Washington State|
|2017 (U.S. Census Estimate)||724,745||2,188,649||7,405,743|
*Seattle is this decade’s fastest growing major U.S. city (source 3)
|Two or more races||6.5%||4.7%|
|January||45.0° / 35.1°||May||64.1° / 46.5°||September||69.5° / 51.5°|
|February||49.0° / 36.7°||June||69.2° / 51.4°||October||59.3° / 45.4°|
|March||52.1° / 38.2°||July||75.2° / 54.8°||November||50.4° / 39.6°|
|April||57.4° / 41.3°||August||74.9° / 55.0°||December||45.4° / 35.9°|
Climate Records – Seattle, WA
|Seattle, WA||38.17″||Highest Temperature||103° – July 29, 2009|
|Boston, MA||43.13″||Lowest Temperature||0° – January 31, 1950|
|Houston, TX||51.12″||Most rainfall in a year||55.14″ – 1950|
|Miami, FL||59.61″||Most rainfall in a month||15.63″ – November, 2006|
|New York, NY||45.73″||Most rainfall in a day||5.02″ – October 20, 2003|
(Washington State’s 4th-largest industry)
Total Overnight Seattle/King Co. Visitors
Total Seattle/King Co. Visitor Expenditures
|2017||20.8 Million||$7.4 Billion USD|
|2016||18.69 Million||$6.0 Billion USD|
|2015||18 Million||$5.6 Billion USD|
The expansive Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) offers The Conference Center (TCC), a LEED Silver-certified meeting facility in the heart of downtown. The 71,000-square-foot TCC directly connects to the 343,722-square-foot WSCC, for 414,722 square feet of total meeting and exhibit space within walking distance of Seattle’s major attractions, hotels, restaurants, and shops.
On August 14, Washington State Convention Center and Visit Seattle officials broke ground on the $1.7 billion Summit building with top industry supporters and clients. The addition, located just one block north of the existing Arch building in the heart of downtown Seattle, will significantly increase the footprint of the convention center when it opens for business in early 2022.
* App-based rideshare services such as Uber, Lyft, ReachNow and Sidecar also operate in Seattle
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac Airport)
2. Agriculture & Food Manufacturing
3. Clean Technology
4. Forest Products
6. Information & Communication Technology
7. Life Science/Global Health
9. Military & Defense
STIA includes 59 hotels in the downtown area with 60 or more rooms. A $2 per room per night per occupied room surcharge is assessed in addition to the 15.6% hotel tax.
60.4% of people in Seattle hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher
|Seattle Seahawks||Football (American)||NFL||CenturyLink Field||67,000|
|Seattle Mariners||Baseball||MLB||Safeco Field||47,476|
|Seattle Sounders FC||Soccer||MLS||CenturyLink Field||38,300|
|Seattle Reign FC||Soccer||NWSL||Memorial Stadium||6,000|
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