Seattle, Washington (WA)
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General Information about Seattle
Seattle (pronounced /sitl /) is a coastal port city and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located in the state of Washington between an arm of the Pacific Ocean called Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 96miles (154km) south of the Canada United States border in King County, of which it is the county seat.
The Seattle area has been inhabited for at least 4,000years, but European settlement began only in the mid-19th century. The first permanent white settlersArthur A. Denny and those subsequently known as the Denny partyarrived November 13, 1851. Early settlements in the area were called "New York-Alki" and "Duwamps". In 1853, Doc Maynard suggested that the main settlement be renamed "Seattle," an anglicized rendition of the name of Sealth, the chief of the two local tribes. As of 2006, the city had an estimated population of 582,174 and an estimated metropolitan area population of approximately 3.2million. Seattle is the hub and largest city of the Seattle metropolitan area, often called Puget Sound, which also includes Tacoma, Bellevue, and Everett. From 1869 until 1982, Seattle was known as the "Queen City". Seattle's current official nickname is the "Emerald City," the result of a contest held in the early 1980s; the reference is to the lush evergreen trees in the surrounding area. Seattle is also referred to informally as the "Gateway to Alaska," and "Jet City," the latter from the local influence of Boeing. Seattle residents are known as Seattleites.
Stats about Seattle
|Cost of Living|
|Median Household Income:||$45,736|
|Median Home Value:||$259,600|
|State sales tax:||6.5%|
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