Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The original name of Seattle is Duwamish, meaning “people living at the river”. It became a major trading hub in the 19th century, which lead to an economic boom and rapid population growth. Today its economy is driven by software and service companies with a diverse range of industries including biotechnology, tourism, and aviation.
Seattle has been prosperous for decades and it continues to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. The city has many claims to fame with three professional sports teams (the Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders) headquartered there and notable music artists like Macklemore who call it home.
Want to find out more? Check out these 18 facts about Seattle below.
1) This one might be hard to believe for some of you but Seattle has more cats and dogs than children.
2) The city is home to two of the top 5 richest men in the world, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. Bezos is currently the richest man in the world with a net worth of 193.1 billion USD. Bill Gates is currently the 4th richest person in the world with a net worth of 132 billion USD.
3) Seattle is the worldwide headquarters of both Microsoft and Amazon, and various other tech companies. It is also home to Starbucks.
4) Seattle is one of the most expensive cities in the United States.
5) Henry Yesler is one of the city’s icons and legendary businessmen. Born in the small town of Hagerstown in Maryland on December 2, 1810, he was the city’s first millionaire and served as Mayor two times. He died on December 16, 1892.
6) Seattle is one of the most educated cities in the United States. An estimated 60% of the population over 25 have university degrees.
7) The Pike Place Market is a great place to buy all kinds of food such as fresh fish, meat, and other crafts items. An unknown fact about this place is that over 400 people actually call it home, they live there.
8) Located on Battery Street, the Pink Elephant Car Wash is the most photographed object in the city.
9) Among many nicknames, Seattle has been dubbed the “Amsterdam of the United States”. No other city in the US has more bicyclists than Seattle.
10) Speaking of nicknames, Seattle is known as Emerald City, The Coffee Capital of the World, Rain City, and Jet City.
11) Bertha Knight Landes is the city’s first female mayor… elected in 1926.
13) Among many of the city’s attractions, the Space Needle is a 605ft observation tower offering breathtaking views of the city. It is a major attraction in the city.
14) The city’s Evergreen Point Floating Bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world.
15) Back in 1889, The Great Seattle Fire burnt down all of the city’s central business district.
16) The city gets less rain per year than Houston, New York City, and Atlanta, despite the city’s nickname as “Rain City”.
17) Seattle has the largest houseboat population in the United States.
18) It lies on the Cascadia fault line, which means it is due for a big Earthquake.