Nicknamed “The Emerald City” due to the abundance of evergreen trees, Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and in the state of Washington.  Seattle is located between Puget Sound and Lake Washington in King County.  The city is the center of the Seattle -Tacoma-Bellevue metro-area, the 15th largest in the United States.   

Seattle is considered to be the economic, cultural, educational and business hub of the Pacific Northwest. The city has particularly strong information technology, architecture, aviation and recreational industries and is also known for “green technologies.”  Seattle is home and headquarters to companies such as Microsoft, Boeing’s aircraft assembly plants, Starbucks, Amazon.com, Nintendo of America, the University of Washington and the Space Needle.

Seattle is well known for its vibrant art and music scene, excellent park system and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains (to the east) and the Olympic Mountains (to the west).  The city is the birthplace of rock legend Jimi Hendrix and grunge rock, made famous by local Seattle-based bands including:  Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. 

Seattle also happens to be a haven for coffee connoisseurs and is home to several major coffee companies like Starbucks, Tully’s, Seattle’s Best Coffee and several other independent Seattle roasters and cafes.

Seattle is loosely broken down into districts and neighborhoods. Downtown is the retail core of Seattle and home to the waterfront, the Pike Place Market and some of the most incredible architecture in the city. The majority of North Seattle, including Ballard, Fremont, Mountlake and the U District, is residential.

The Queen Ann neighborhood is one of the most popular residential neighborhoods of Seattle, known for its amazing views of downtown. The Eastside of Seattle includes the eastern suburbs of Issaquah, Sammamish, Kirkland Bothell and Redmond.

West Seattle is a scenic residential area with numerous parks and views of the harbor. The area is divided into several neighborhoods including: Fauntleroy, Admiral, Alki, Youngstown and several other great residential neighborhoods.

Seattle has been frequently ranked among the top U.S. cities to live in, offering an appealing and diverse lifestyle with a stunningly beautiful natural setting.

If you are in the market to buy Seattle real estate or thinking about relocating to the Seattle, you’ll find many residential options to choose from. Whether you are looking for Seattle waterfront homes, Seattle luxury homes, Seattle condominiums, Seattle townhomes or Seattle single-family homes in one of the many beautiful residential neighborhoods, Seattle has something for every taste, lifestyle and budget!

For information about Seattle homes for sale, selling your existing Seattle real estate, Seattle investment property for sale or property management services in Seattle, please contact us.

Seattle, WA Demographics & Education

The population of Seattle, WA is approximately 617,334 with the median age at 39.7 years.  50.39% of the people in Seattle are male and 49.61% are female.  41.38% of people in Seattle are married, 58.62% are single and 11.47% are divorced.  The average household size in Seattle is 2.07 people.

67.90% of the population in Seattle is white, 7.78% black, 15.34% Asian, 0.92% Native American 7.10% Hispanic and 8.06% claim other.  Seattle happens to be one of the most literate and best educated cities in the country.  6.51% of Seattlites are 2 year college graduates, 29.62% are 4 year graduates and 16.86% hold graduate degrees.  

Seattle, WA Geography and Climate

Seattle is situated between Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east.  The city’s chief harbor, Elliott Bay, is an inlet of Puget Sound.  To the west are the Kitsap Peninsula and Olympic Mountains on the Olympic Peninsula.  Beyond Lake Washington and the Eastside suburbs are Lake Sammamish and the Cascade Range. 

Like most of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA has a temperate, rainy climate with mild damp winters and fairly dry and mild summers. High temperatures in July are about 75 degrees and average January lows are in the mid to upper 30s.   The weather tends to be more drizzly than rainy and though it stays cloudy most of the time, Seattle actually gets less rain than Houston, Atlanta, or New York City – about 36.2 inches of rain per year.  Due to Seattle’s mild and enjoyable climate, most Seattleites don’t even have air-conditioning in their homes. 

Seattle, WA Economy

Seattle, WA has become the transportation, manufacturing, commercial, and services hub for the Pacific Northwest as well as the largest urban area north of San Francisco, California.  Both the Port of Seattle and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport are major gateways to Asia, Alaska and the rest of the world, and are major economic engines for the city.

Despite the current recession, Seattle has a comparatively strong economy with a diverse mix of older industrial companies, Internet and technology companies as well as service, design, green building and clean technology companies.  Seattle was recently ranked as America’s #1 “smarter city” due to its government policies and green economy. 

People with management, business, financial operations, professional and related occupations make up 47.96% of Seattle’s employed population.  Future job growth in Seattle is predicted to be at 30.42%.  Income per capital is $37,081 and average household income is $57,390.  The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.80%. 

Seattle Arts & Entertainment 

Seattle has much to offer in the way of arts and entertainment including:  numerous fine art galleries and museums , theater, ballet, opera, Symphony, world-class dining and much more.  Some of the most popular landmarks in the city include: Pikes Place, the Space Needle and Seattle Center.

Pike Place Market is located in the northwestern corner of downtown, close to the waterfront. The Main and North arcades display stacks of produce, fresh fish, crabs and mollusks piled on ice and the streets surrounding Pike Place Market are filled with shops, ethnic food stalls, plant shops, galleries and gift boutiques. 

The Space Needle is a 600 ft. rocket-styled observation station and restaurant with breathtaking 360° views of the city.  The Seattle Center is what remains of the futuristic groupings of exhibition halls, arenas and public spaces from the 1962 World’s Fair.  The grounds are home to dance, theater, opera, museums and Key Arena.

Performing arts in Seattle  include:  the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Paramount Theater, Meany Hall, Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Symphony, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Mime Theatre, Comedy Underground and Early Music Guild. 

Seattle museums include:  ArtWorks, Bellevue Arts Museum, Burke Museum, The Center for Wooden Boats Maritime Museum, The Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), The Children’s Museum, Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, Experience Music Project, Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Frye Art Museum, Maritime Discovery Center, Museum of Flight, Museum of History and Industry, Nordic Heritage Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, Pacific Science Center, Photographic Center Northwest, Sand Point Magnuson Park Public Art , Seattle Art Museum, Sev Shoon Arts Center, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle Museum of the Mysteries, Seattle Outdoor Art, Western Bridge and Wing Luke Asian Museum. 

Seattle Arenas/Stadiums

Arenas/stadiums in Seattle, WA include:  Qwest Field – Seattle Seahawks; Seattle Sounders; Husky Stadium – Washington Huskies football; Safeco Field – Seattle Mariners; Key Arena – Seattle SuperSonics (NBA); Seattle Storm (WNBA); and Bank of America Arena – University of Washington.

Seattle, WA Parks

Seattle has an excellent park system including:  West Seattle Recreation Center, Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, Magnuson Park, Magnolia Park, Myrtle Edwards Park, Madrona Park, Lincoln Park and Atlantic City Park.

Major Colleges & Universities in Seattle, WA

Colleges/universities in Seattle include:  University of Washington (public) www.washington.edu, Seattle Community Colleges, four campuses (public), Seattle University (private), Seattle Pacific University (private), Art Institute of Seattle (private) and Cornish College of the Arts (private).

Seattle, WA Public Secondary Schools 

Seattle Public Schools is the school district serving the city of Seattle. Public secondary schools in Seattle includeRoosevelt High School, Ballard High School, Franklin High School, West Seattle High School, Evergreen High School, Ingram High School, Nathan Hale High School, Sealth High School, Cleveland High School, Dimmitt Middle School, Mercer Middle School, Hamilton International Middle School, Denny Middle School, McClure Middle School, Salmon Bay School, Eckstein Middle School, Washington Middle school and Whitman Middle School. 

Hospitals/Medical Centers in Seattle, WA

Hospitals/medical centers in Seattle, WA include:  Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Kindred Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Schick-Shadel Hospital, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Swedish Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center and West Seattle Psychiatric Hospital.

Seattle, WA Transportation

Seattle utilizes Washington State Ferries, the largest passenger and car ferry system in the U.S. and the third largest in the world.  Seattle contains most of Boeing Field, but most of the city’s airline passengers use Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the city of SeaTac. 

Seattle is served by three Amtrak routes at King Street Station: the Coast Starlight, the Cascades and the Empire Builder.  The average one-way commute in Seattle takes about 27 minutes by car.  56% of commuters drive their own car alone, 11% carpool with others, 18% take mass transit and 5% work from home.

Seattle, WA Zip Codes

Zip codes in Seattle, WA include: 98060, 98101, 98102, 98103, 98104, 98105, 98106, 98107, 98108, 98109, 98111, 98112, 98114, 98115, 98116, 98117, 98118, 98119, 98121, 98122, 98124, 98125, 98126, 98129, 98130, 98131, 98132, 98133, 98134, 98136, 98138, 98140, 98144, 98145, 98146, 98148, 98150, 98151, 98154, 98155, 98158, 98160, 98161, 98164, 98166, 98168, 98171, 98174, 98177, 98178, 98181, 98184, 98185, 98188, 98190, 98191, 98195, 98198, 98199.

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 Seattle Real Estate Property Specialists

VerraTerra is not your ordinary Seattle real estate Brokerage.  Unlike most real estate companies that force you to do things one way or their way, we believe you should have choices to pick and choose what best fits your individual needs.  We are always looking for new ways to make buying and selling Seattle real estate more efficient AND less costly for our clients, without sacrificing quality or service.

If you’re looking for Seattle waterfront homesSeattle luxury homesSeattle single-family homesSeattle townhomes or Seattle condominiums, or you are looking to sell your existing Seattle real estate, we can take care of your real estate needs. 

If you own Seattle investment property and need property management services, VerraTerra Property Management can take care of tenent placement and monthly management for you.

Our mission is to provide outstanding customer service to all of our clients while utilizing the best practices and systems available!  For more information about VerraTerra real estate services and how we can best serve you, please contact us.