A seaport and the northernmost of the major U.S. cities, Seattle sits just south of the Canadian border. With a population of 616,627 in 2009 and a 10-year growth rate of 9.5 percent, the city marks a bustling intersection of highways between Portland, various parts of Washington State, and Vancouver, BC. Although it was settled by non-natives in the mid-19th century, the Seattle area has a long, diverse history and was inhabited for over 4,000 years by Native American tribes.
Seattle Colleges and Universities
Seattle, WA has the highest percentage of college and university graduates of any large American city--over 53.8 percent of residents over the age of 25 have at least a bachelor's degree, which is nearly double the national rate of 24.4 percent. The city is known for its technical colleges, religious universities, and colleges focused on adult education programs, such as Antioch University and City University.It also offers several respected arts colleges, like the Cornish College of the Arts and the Art Institute of Seattle. Seattle Central Community College is especially known for its diverse student population. Other popular schools in Seattle include:
- Puget Sound University
- The University of Washington (Seattle)
- Bellevue Community College
- Clover Park Technical College
- Renton Technical College
- Olympic College
- Seattle University
A large and multicultural but friendly city, Seattle offers its young population lots of coffee shops, an active nightlife with an abundance of clubs, galleries, and museums. There is also an increasing emphasis on eco-friendly business, transportation, and living options.
Working in Seattle
Seattle's economy is a mixture of old and new, with industrial companies housed alongside Internet companies. The city offers plenty of positions in a wide range of fields for graduates of universities in Seattle, from service and hospitality to art and design. There's also a growing business in medical research, while many jobs come from transportation since Seattle is a major port and most of the larger airlines use the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as a gateway to Asia and the rest of the world.The mean annual income in the Seattle area was $51,850 in 2009, substantially higher than the national average of $43,460. The cost of living in Seattle was 23.6 percent higher than the national average in 2009, according to the ACCRA cost of living index, and housing was the highest indexed cost in the area.