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Seattle, WA Education and City Information

Seattle, WA, is a major city in the Pacific Northwest. It's home to several colleges and universities, including the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University.

Information About Seattle

Based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Seattle had a population of 668,342, placing it among the 25 largest cities in the U.S. The city boasted a median household income of $67,365 for 2010-2014, which was slightly above the statewide median of $60,294.

Located between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is know for its natural beauty, including numerous gardens and parks. The city also has a thriving cultural scene, with performers ranging from the Seattle Opera and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras to the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the 5th Avenue Theatre. Additionally, Seattle is a hotbed of alternative music, and it boasts teams in all the major professional sports.

Contrary to popular belief, Seattle averages just over 37 inches of rainfall per year - less than most cities on the East Coast. The wetness, however, is concentrated during the winter months, when cloudy skies and drizzly weather persist. More than 75% of Seattle's annual precipitation occurs from October through March. Average high temperatures in July are in the mid-70s, while winter temperatures generally stay in the 30s and 40s.

Education in Seattle

A trio of Seattle universities earned accolades from U.S. News & World Report in 2016. They included the public University of Washington, ranked 52nd among national universities, and private schools Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University, ranked 6th and 17th, respectively, among best regional universities in the West.

Other 4-year nonprofit schools in the city include Antioch University - Seattle, City University of Seattle, Golden Gate University - Seattle, Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle Central College. Students seeking a certificate or associate's degree can choose from the north and south campuses of Seattle Community College, as well as the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.

Seattle Economy

Seattle's economy is diverse, with a mix of start-up and established businesses in various industries. The University of Washington is one of the largest employers within the city proper, with more than 30,200 full-time employees. However, Boeing is the largest employer in the greater Seattle area, with more than 80,000 people employed statewide. As of 2015, these Fortune 500 companies were based in Seattle: Amazon.com, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Alaska Airlines and Expeditors International of Washington.

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