Facts, rankings & stats

  • Population of Greater Seattle is 4.01 million. (Lightcast: 2021)
  • Washington is the 6th fastest growing state economy by GDP growth. (Forbes).
  • Median household income for the region is $101,721, which is the 4th highest in the nation.
  • 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 42 cranes as of Q3 2022, and is one of the leading metros in the nation
  • The Seattle MSA ranked 10th in the nation in 2021 for GRP, with 470.6 billion.
  • 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 is ranked #6 in the world, according to (U.S. News).
  • 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



Artificial Intelligence

Clean Technology

Cloud Computing

Global Health

Information Communication Technology

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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.


  • 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.
  • The Amazon Housing Equity Fund is investing $23 million and working with local nonprofits and real estate development organizations, all led by people of color, to increase Seattle’s affordable housing stock.
  • The ports in Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma traded with over 200 countries in 2021 for a combined total of $38 billion in exports and $107 billion in total trade.
  • 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.
  • King County metro is now serving 5 million riders per month.
  • 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.