Seattle Washington facts of interest from NW Database Services

Why Is Seattle WA An Interesting City?

Seattle Washington is a major business hub with large international corporations like Microsoft, Amazon, QFC, Starbucks, Boeing, and Costco located in the metropolitan area. NW Database Services has experience working with Seattle companies and we are very pleased to be part of the Seattle business community. The following information is just a small part of the unique and interesting Seattle story.

What Are The Seattle Demographics?

Seattle is a seaport on the West Coast of America. It is Washington’s seat. It is home to 737,015,[2] the largest city in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest region. The population of the Seattle metropolitan area is 4.02 million, which makes it the 15th largest in the United States. It is one of the fastest-growing large cities in the country, with a 21.1% growth rate between 2010 and 2020.

Seattle Geography

Seattle lies on an island between Puget Sound, a Pacific Ocean inlet, and Lake Washington. It is located approximately 100 miles (160km) south of Canada’s border. As a major gateway to East Asia trade, Seattle is currently the fourth-largest North American port for container handling.

Seattle Early History

Before the arrival of permanent European settlers, Seattle was home to Native Americans for at most 4,000 years. Arthur A. Denny arrived in Illinois with a group of travelers, later known as the Denny Party. They traveled via Portland, Oregon on the schooner Exact to Alki Point on November 13, 1851. In 1852, the settlement was moved to Elliott Bay’s eastern shore and named “Seattle”, in honor of Chief Si’ahl from the local Duwamish/Suquamish tribes. Seattle is home to high numbers of Native, Scandinavian and Asian American, European American, Asian American, African American, and other ethnicities. It also boasts a vibrant LGBT community, which ranks sixth in the United States.

Seattle’s Growing Industries

Seattle’s first major industry was logging. However, by the end of the 19th century, Seattle had grown to be a port and shipbuilding hub as an entry point to Alaska during Klondike Gold Rush. The local Boeing company was a key factor in Seattle’s growth after World War II. It established Seattle as an aircraft manufacturing center.

What Are Major Companies In Seattle?

From the 1980s, Seattle became a major technology hub. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, was born in Seattle. In 1994, Amazon, an internet retailer, was established in Seattle. Alaska Airlines, a major airline, is located in SeaTac in Washington. It serves Seattle’s international airport, Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. The city experienced an economic revival thanks to the influx of software, biotechnology and Internet companies. This resulted in a nearly 50,000-plus increase in population between 1990 and 2000.

Seattle Music Industry

Seattle has a rich musical heritage. Between 1918 and 1951, nearly two dozen jazz nightclubs existed along Jackson Street, from the current Chinatown/International District to the Central District. Ray Charles, Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson were all influenced by the jazz scene. Seattle is also home to Jimi Hendrix and other rock and roll artists.