Seattle

Welcome to Seattle

There isn't a metropolis on earth that quite lives up to its moniker like the Emerald City - Seattle is one of the greenest cities in the States, and not just for its beautiful forests. A model for environmentalism, ethically-grown, local produce presides on restaurant menus, and the ethic of handmade, homegrown and reusable dominates this bicycle-friendly town. And in a nod to Dorothy's fantasy world, you only need to visit the Fremont Troll or the breathtaking Dave Chihuly Garden and Glass gallery to get a feel for Seattle's inherent eccentricity.

But Seattle has other nicknames. Many refer to it as Jet City, in reference to the little aircraft manufacturing company that helped pull Seattle out of The Depression (er, Boeing). Here we see a different side of Seattle: Amazon, Nintendo, Starbucks, Microsoft - many of America's corporate kings are based in Seattle. Indeed, Microsoft has guaranteed that the popular image of Seattle is one of young computer geniuses busy generating the next big innovation. With good reason, people look to Seattle for visions of the future.

Despite the rain, or maybe because of it, Seattlites are a gregarious, good times bunch. This is, after all, the birthplace of grunge - where local bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana put Seattle's live music scene on the map. Following a slew of new restaurant openings, the city is now becoming just as well-known as a foodie destination, and in a final farewell to the recession, construction is set to begin on a number of luxury hotels in 2013. So grab a coffee, and get into the groove.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in United States:
    311,962,179
  • Inhabitants in Seattle:
    3,407,848
  • Official language
    English
  • Currency
    US Dollar
  • Time zone
    PST
  • Emergency number
    911
  • Constitution
    Republic
  • Country phone code
    001
  • Country code
    US
  • Local transportation
    Bus, Taxi, Light Rail