Located on an isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. With a population of nearly 800,000, this rapidly growing city is the perfect place for families to settle down and entrepreneurs to move up in the world! Seattle is Washington’s main hub for start-up businesses with companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks having been founded here.
Seattle is mostly full of hills, with multiple neighborhoods named accordingly such as Capitol Hill, First Hill, and Beacon Hill. Seattle's mild marine climate allows for year-round outdoor activities, much of it done in the city’s 5,540 acres of parks. Seattle's neighborhoods are known to be very festive as twenty of them host at least one street fair or parade each year.
The ratio of homeowners and renters in Seattle is about 50/50, with the number of housing units approaching 400,000. The Seattle School District is the largest schools district in the state of Washington, consisting of 14 high schools, 11 middle schools, and 60 elementary schools. There are also 9 K-8 schools and 13 private schools.
Originally built for the purpose of hosting the 1962 World's Fair, this 74-acre entertainment and tourism center is the pinnacle of visiting, and living in, Seattle. The famous Space Needle can be found here, along with many other well-known landmarks such as the International Fountain, Seattle Monorail, Museum of Pop Culture, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pacific Science Center, and even a piece of the Berlin Wall!
Pike Place Market
This public market that has been around for over 100 years now continues to attract millions of visitors from all over the world each year for its strange and interesting feats. Filled with merchants that sell anything you can possibly think of to street performers that entertain and serenade guests, this special market is loved by its community.
On the average walk through Pike Place Market, you will see men in aprons singing and tossing fish to each other, up-and-coming music artists performing on the streets, and people sticking pieces of gum to the Gum Wall down the alley.
Zoo and Aquarium
The Woodland Park Zoo is home to over 1,000 animals consisting of 300 different species. This 92-acre zoo looks and feels like an actual forest with over 7,000 trees and more than 50,000 shrubs throughout the park. This organization has received multiple awards for Best National Exhibit. Some exhibits include Tropical Asia, African Savanna, Australasia, Northern Trail, and a Tropical Rainforest.
The Seattle Aquarium has been open for over 40 years now, with creatures ranging from sea mammals to fish to invertebrates. There is a spherical glass room that guests can view from, which looks into a tank that holds over 400,000 gallons of water. This enormous tank houses sharks, manta rays, sturgeon, and more.
Belltown is the most densely populated neighborhood in all of Seattle and is also one of the most popular places to hang out because of its many amazing restaurants and nightclubs. Some of the locally famous hotspots include The Crocodile Café, Mama’s Mexican Kitchen, Ohana, and Shorty’s.
Seattle hosts an array of festivals all over the city each year, many of which people travel from all over the world to attend. Some famous festivals held in this city include Comicon, Bumbershoot, Pride Festival, Fremont Fair, Washington Brewers Festival, Seattle Street Food Festival, Seattle Art Fair, and Hempfest.
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