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Major port and manufacturing center; educational center

Seattle is a city in King County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after an Indian chief.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Washington named Seattle. For links to other places called Seattle, WA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Seattle is 47.606N. The longitude is -122.33W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 184 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 569,101.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Seattle demographic reports
Seattle is on the east shore of Puget Sound.
Former and merged names include:
· Duwamps
Settled in 1851 by five families from Illinois. With the growing community suffering a shortage of women, the university president headed east and brought back potential wives for the settlers.

Site of the Century 21 Exposition in 1962.

Public transportation: Metro, Seattle Center Monorail, Sounder Commuter Rail (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3,946. The number of murders and homicides was 34. The violent crime rate was 6.8 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 5 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked No. 3 among best U.S. walking cities by the American Podiatric Medical Association, March 2005
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "Sleepless in Seattle"
· 1989 movie, "The Fabulous Baker Boys"
Setting for TV show, "Frasier"
Well-known residents have included:
· Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft
· Jimi Hendrix, musician
· Kurt Cobain, musician
· Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic medallist
Local bands (past and present) have included Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Ventures, Mudhoney, Foo Fighters
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, Torrefazione Italia
Local festivals include:
  • Italian Festival - Sept. 29-30, 2007
  • Moisture Festival - March 15-April 1, 2007
  • Bumbershoot (Seattle Arts Festival) - Sept. 1-3, 2007
  • Central Area Community Festival - Aug. 18-19, 2007
  • Seafair - July 7-8, 15, 28, Aug. 1-5, 2007
  • Tibet Fest - Aug. 25-26, 2007
  • Festival of India - Sept. 1-2, 2007
  • TurkFest - Oct. 20-21, 2007
  • Northgate Festival - Aug. 11-12, 2007
  • Maritime Festival - May 10-12, 2007
  • Pasefika Festival - Aug. 18, 2007
  • Northwest Folklife Festival - May 25-28, 2007
  • BrazilFest - Aug. 19, 2007
  • Umoja Fest - Aug. 3-5, 2007
  • Earshot Jazz Festival - Oct. 19-Nov. 4, 2007
Dates often change. Check Seattle web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Shakespeare Company, ACT Theater, Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Blake Island State Park, Fay-Bainbridge State Park
Seattle attractions: Experience Music Project, Woodland Park Zoo, Washington Park Arboretum
Sports teams: Mariners (AL), Seahawks (NFL), Supersonics (NBA), Storm (WNBA), Sounders (USL soccer)
Historic sites and museums: Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Museum of History & Industry, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Experience Music, Nordic Heritage Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park
Colleges and universities: University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Antioch University -- Seattle Campus, Cornish College of the Arts
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 341
It was good to be in Seattle -- to hear the foghorns on the Sound, and the deep bellow of the departing steamers; to feel the creeping fog all around you, the fog that softens things and makes a velvet trance out of nighttime.
-- Home Country
Ernie Pyle

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Neighborhoods in Seattle include Ballard, Beacon Hill, Belltown, Blue Ridge, Broadview, Capitol Hill, Central Area, Columbia City, Downtown, Eastlake ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Seattle include Ballard, Beacon Hill, Belltown, Blue Ridge, Broadview, Capitol Hill, Central Area, Columbia City, Downtown, Eastlake ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Seattle demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the King County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Seattle area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 98104 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

13% of Seattle residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Seattle ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Seattle was $30,306, compared with $21,587 nationally.


47% of Seattle residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Seattle, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $677.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,497.


Libraries in Seattle include Ballard Neighborhood Library, Beacon Hill Neighborhood Library, Boulevard Park Library, Broadview Community Library, Capitol Hill Neighborhood Library, Columbia Neighborhood Library, Delridge Library, Douglass-Truth Neighborhood Library, Foster Library, Fremont Neighborhood Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Seattle include Ballard News-Tribune, Beacon Hill News & South District Journal, Belltown Messenger, Capitol Hill Times, Madison Park Times, Magnolia News, North Seattle Herald Outlook, Queen Anne News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Times ... More newspapers

TV stations in Seattle include KCTS, KHCV, KING, KIRO, KOMO, KTWB.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KEXP-FM., KUOW.

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King County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Seattle political report.

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Seattle restaurants taking online reservations include 94 Stewart, Assaggio, Bada Lounge, Brasa, Brasserie Margaux, Cafe Campagne, Campagne, Can Can, Cascadia Restaurant, Chandler's Crabhouse ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Seattle workers is 25 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 91 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Seattle between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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“ It was good to be in Seattle -- to hear the foghorns on the Sound, and the deep bellow of the departing steamers; to feel the creeping fog all around you, the fog that softens things and makes a velvet trance out of nighttime. ”
~ Home Country
Ernie Pyle

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