Facts, rankings & stats

  • Population of greater Seattle: 3.9 million people (2018).
  • Between 2016 and 2017, greater Seattle was the best performing region in the U.S. for median earnings according to Brookings.
  • Washington state was the fastest growing economy in 2018 (Washington Post).
  • Median household income in greater Seattle is $82,133, 36 percent higher than the national median.
  • Seattle is one of the two global cities cited as best positioned for long-term success and short-term momentum (World Economic Forum).
  • Seattle has over 60 construction cranes, the most of any city in the U.S.
  • Greater Seattle registered second largest annual GDP growth among all large MSAs in 2017: 5.2%.
  • Seattle is the most educated large city with 63% of the adult population 25+ owning a bachelor's degree.
  • Washington state was ranked as the best state in America in U.S. News' Best States ranking of economic growth.
  • The University of Washington Tacoma’s B.S. in Information Technology program ranks second in the nation (Bachelors Degree Center, 2019).
  • The Northwest Seaport Alliance is the 4th largest container gateway in North America (Northwest Seaport Alliance)

Major employers

  • Our region is the birthplace to some of the world’s most successful companies including Microsoft, Amazon, Alaska Airlines, Weyerhaeuser, Boeing, Starbucks, Expedia, Paccar, Nordstrom, Expeditors, and Costco.
  • As of 2017, more than 100 outside technology companies have established engineering centers in Seattle (Geekwire).

Industry sectors

Aerospace

Agriculture

Artificial Intelligence

Clean Technology

Cloud Computing

Global Health

Information Communication Technology

Life Sciences

Manufacturing

Maritime

Military/Defense

Philanthropy

Retail

Telecommunications

Timber

Wholesaling

Workforce and talent

Greater Seattle’s skilled labor force is unmatched. From aerospace and shipping, to software development and groundbreaking research, our game-changing drive sets this region apart.

Infrastructure

  • Two airports service greater Seattle: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in King County and Paine Field in Snohomish County. Sea-Tac is the 9th busiest airport in the nation, serving 91 domestic and 28 international destinations.
  • In 2019 Microsoft committed $500 million to advance affordable housing solutions in the region.
  • The ports in Seattle, Everett and Tacoma trade with over 130 countries. The total export value in 2016 was over $60 billion. The Port of Everett alone processed $29 billion worth of exports in 2016.
  • A $70 billion investment in regional infrastructure will add over 90 miles of light rail and improve highways, connecting major employers and diverse communities across the region.
  • Greater Seattle is the only major region in the U.S. to grow its bus and rail ridership between 2011 and 2016.
  • The Northwest Seaport Alliance – operating the ports of Seattle and Tacoma – is the fourth-largest container gateway in the U.S. and is a full sailing day closer to Asian markets than any other U.S. port.