The Seattle area was inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers. Arthur A. Denny and his group of travelers, subsequently known as the Denny Party, arrived from Illinois via Portland, Oregon, on the schooner Exact at Alki Point on November 13, 1851. The settlement was moved to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay and named "Seattle" in 1852, in honor of Chief Si'ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.
Meet your neighbors
The population of the city of Seattle is estimated at 755,936. In 2018, the median income of a city household was $93,481 and the median income for a family was $130,656. While the city is predominately white, Seattle has high populations of Native, Scandinavian, Asian American and African American people. The city also boasts a thriving LGBT community that ranks sixth in the United States by population and is home to the highest percentage of same-sex households anywhere in the United States.
Pictured above: The Seattle Space Needle displaying a LGBTQIA+ pride flag
Things you’ll love
Seattle has been a regional center for the performing arts for many years. See the century-old Seattle Symphony Orchestra preform at Benaroya Hall, enjoy the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall, watch a musical at the 5th Avenue Theatre, or appreciate a concert at the Neptune Theatre.The opera not your style? Cheer on your favorite team at one of Seattle's stadiums! Catch a Seattle Seahawks game, see the Seattle Sounders in action, catch a fly ball at the Seattle Mariners, or watch the Seattle Storm take home the win.
If you still want more sports, see the Seattle Kracken at the new Climate Pledge Arena or brave a college football game.You will also find multiple different fairs and festivals happening in Seattle, including the Seattle International Film Festival, Northwest Folklife, Bite of Seattle, Seafair, Hempfest, Seattle's Gay Pride festival, and many more! Go to a Native American pow-wow, the Seattle Art Museum, the Great Wheel, Woodland Park Zoo, or any one of the cities beautiful parks.
Pictured above: Seattle Sounders play at Lumen Stadium
King County Metro provides frequent stop bus service within the city and surrounding county, as well as the South Lake Union Streetcar line and the First Hill Streetcar line. Seattle is one of the few cities in North America whose bus fleet includes electric trolleybuses. Sound Transit provides an express bus service within the metropolitan area, two Sounder commuter rail lines between the suburbs and downtown, and its 1 Line light rail line between the University of Washington and Angle Lake.
Washington State Ferries, which manages the largest network of ferries in the United States and third largest in the world, connects Seattle to Bainbridge and Vashon Islands in Puget Sound and to Bremerton and Southworth on the Kitsap Peninsula. King Street Station in Pioneer Square serves Amtrak intercity trains and Sounder commuter trains, and is located adjacent to the International District/Chinatown light rail station.
According to the 2007 American Community Survey, 18.6% of Seattle residents used one of the three public transit systems that serve the city, giving it the highest transit ridership of all major cities without heavy or light rail prior to the completion of Sound Transit's 1 Line. The city has also been described by Bert Sperling as the fourth most walkable U.S. city and by Walk Score as the sixth most walkable of the fifty largest U.S. cities.
Pictured above: Seattles growing public transit system features the SoundTransit light rail
Seattle Public Schools is the largest public school district in the state of Washington. The school district serves the entire city of Seattle. 113 schools are operated by the district, which serve at least 47,000 students throughout the city. The public school system is supplemented by a moderate number of private schools: Five of the private high schools are Catholic, one is Lutheran, and six are secular.
Seattle is home to the University of Washington which was ranked No. 11 in the world by the US & World News Report in 2017. The UW receives more federal research and development funding than any public institution. Seattle is also home to multiple private universities, art colleges, and community colleges.
Pictured above: University of Washington's Suzzallo Library