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As the most trusted Seattle Movers, we are deeply involved in our local community and for those not familiar with the Puget Sound region, it is our pleasure to share an overview of Seattle, Washington with you.
The “hub” of King County is Seattle. Seattle is known internationally as one of a few, truly “world class” cities. From the arts (Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Glass, and Museum of History and Industry) to zoos (Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo), and the alphabet in between, Seattle is renowned for innovation and excellence. It is nearly 85 square miles in size and rests on a 2 to 6 mile wide strip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. The largest city in the NW Metroplex, it is located 108 miles south of the US-Canadian border on the beautiful, deep-water Elliott Bay. Built upon 7 hills surrounding urban lakes and parks and with vistas west to the Olympics and east to the Cascades and Mount Rainier, Seattle is absolutely one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Seattle was first inhabited by the Duwamish People who lived passively subsisting from a naturally productive land or thousands of years. They traveled by canoe, spoke several Indian dialects, prepared and stored food including salmon, shellfish, berries, roots and hunted deer, elk, bear and duck. They had a complex culture developed over 300 generations that included stories told by elders which passed on ancient traditions, ritual dancing and singing, healing ceremonies, the sweat lodge, and gifting ceremonies yet due to the natural abundance of the land had no form of agriculture and no domesticated animals. They also had no concept of personal land ownership and so in the span of one generation the course of their long history changed with the arrival of hoards of whites hungry for land and a place to establish their own culture.
In 1850, white settlers began to swarm into the Northwest in search of land and fortune. The United States had established its claim over the region and was encouraging its settlement by giving away land, 320 acres to those willing to improve it and live on it for 4 years. The city was named Seattle in honor of Noah Sealth (Si’ahlth), an important leader among the native people. Sealth’s mother was Duwamish, his father was a Suquamish leader from the West of Puget Sound and he was considered a “high status man” by his people and was one of several leaders. He was appointed chief by the territorial governor and called Chief Sealth by the whites. Respected and revered by the Settlers, he had the reputation of a fierce warrior yet supported and helped the whites despite the entreaties of other tribes to war against them.
Seattle was platted in 1853, incorporated in 1869, and developed an early business community based on logging and timber products. Soon coal and other mineral deposits were discovered and became important commodities. As the land was cleared of timber, the settlers began to turn to farming including dairy, orchards, hops and berries with the natives providing much of the labor. Early on, a commercial fishing industry began to develop with Alaska cod, salmon and shell fish sold in local markets like the one at Pike Place. Canneries were built and staffed with imported Chinese and Filipino workers adding to Seattle’s multi-cultural mix. Railroads and highways were built to transport all of the products and people. Large fleets of small boats, dubbed the “mosquito fleet” moved men and materiel across the harbor, over the lakes and up and down the rivers between communities. By 1881, Seattle had eclipsed Walla Walla as the largest town in the territory.
Several events became considerable catalysts to Seattle’s growth. Ironically, the first was the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 which gave the city a fresh start by burning the downtown to the ground. The Alaska Gold Rush of 1897 brought through thousands of people who left behind millions of dollars. The Alaska-Pacific-Yukon Exposition of 1907 brought 4 million tourists to town and introduced Seattle to the world, as did the 1962 Century 21 Exposition World’s Fair and the 1990 World Goodwill Games. As the years passed and industry continued to grow, so did the numbers of people needed to work. Transportation systems such as the Interurban light rail train allowed people to live in one community and work in another. The region was beginning to blend together into a single, major metroplex. Pacific Car and Foundry came to nearby Renton in 1907. Boeing started up in Georgetown in 1917 and exploded with government contracts during WWII. Major dairy operators and canneries built local processing plants in various suburbs. Mining continued into the 1940s and the timber industry into the 1970s. Today, shipbuilding, banking, insurance, universities, transportation, retailing, medicine, communications, electronics, computers and software have all become important market sectors. By the beginning of the 21st century, Seattle had risen to become the heart of the NW Metroplex. Crowned by INC. Magazine as the Best City in America for Business in 2006, Seattle is now the leader of a great community of four million residents, who are physically active, intellectually gifted and culturally diverse.
Seattle has one of the most recognizable skylines in the world having more than 200 high-rises and over 50 skyscrapers. The single most defining architectural structure is the 605 ft, 54 story Space Needle, with its “flying saucer” shaped restaurant and observation deck sitting atop three gracefully bending legs. It was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair and stands about a mile north of downtown in an entertainment district called the Seattle Center.
Seattle has an abundance of transportation resources to facilitate the movement of people and goods. Interstate 5 is the major north/south highway access with I-90 and SR-520 the primary corridors for east/west traveler. Metro Transit provides wide spread public transportation throughout Greater Seattle and connects with bus service both north and south in the NW Metroplex. Amtrak and Burlington Northern provide distance rail service, the Sounder commuter train operates extensively and a far reaching modern light rail system is under construction. The Port of Seattle is the nation’s 8th and the West Coast’s 4th busiest container shipping port transporting goods worldwide. Washington State’s ferry system is the largest fleet of passenger and auto ferries in the nation and third largest in the world. SeaTac International Airport is among America’s busiest with over 30 million passengers and more than 341,900 metric tons of air cargo transported in 340,000 aircraft operations.
Named the Smartest City in America by both Forbes and Money Magazines, it’s not surprising that Seattle has excellent educational opportunities available. Of the citizens over the age of 25, more than 95% have a high school diploma and more than 50% have a Bachelors degree. The children attend Seattle Public Schools, the largest public school system in Washington and the 44th largest in the nation. The district is a diverse family of 97 schools, serving 45,800 students in a dynamic, standards-based learning community. Numerous outstanding private schools, both religious and secular, serve many Seattle families, as well. Post-secondary education in Seattle is dominated by the University of Washington. With over 40,000 undergraduates and postgraduates, it is the largest school in the Pacific Northwest and is ranked among the top research universities in the United States. Most prominent of the city’s other universities are Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University. Smaller institutions include City University, Antioch University Seattle and The Cornish College of the Arts. Seattle is also served by North Seattle, Seattle Central, and South Seattle Community Colleges.
The Seattle medical community is one of the world’s finest. The University of Washington is considered to be one of the top ten teaching hospitals in the nation. Children’s Hospital has over 150 ongoing pediatrics research projects. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center pioneered bone marrow transplants. Virginia Mason Medical Center has acclaimed research in diabetes. Harborview Medical Center is a leader in working with AIDS. The Greater Seattle area has one of the most significant concentrations of biomedical and biotechnology companies in the United States and is recognized around the world as a center for exciting and ground-breaking medical innovation and research.
Greater Seattle is blessed with so much beauty and has so much to see and do that it has become a worldwide destination for tourism and conventions. You could spend a week in Pike Place Market, alone. Built on the edge of a steep hill, it features over 300 gift shops, antique dealers, comic book sellers, and small restaurants joined by one of the few remaining head shops in Seattle. On the upper street level, fishmongers entice you to catch the “flying salmon” while fresh produce stands, and craft stalls operate more demurely in the covered arcades. Local farmers sell their own farm grown produce year-round from tables they rent on a daily basis across the street from the world’s first Starbucks store. In addition the Emerald City has other sparkling facets including, the Chittenden Locks, Experience Music Project, Pacific Science Center, International District, Seattle Aquarium, Pioneer Square, Elliott Bay Marina and Woodland Park Zoo, to name a few.
As a Tree City USA for 21 years, the best in urban recreation is at your toes and at your fingertips around Seattle. Like at the Washington Park Arboretum, across Union Bay from the University of Washington campus. It’s a 230 acre paradise with 3 miles of shoreline featuring walking and hiking trails among more than 10,000 flora specimen and is visited by over 200 bird species annually. The solitude of both groomed gardens and natural habitat is interrupted only by the gentle swish of a rented canoe knifing through one of its many interlacing waterways. Seattle has an additional 396 parks, wet lands and open spaces to visit. The city recreation department has scores of organized sports, arts & crafts, and educational programs and a short drive out of the city leads to skiing, camping, snowboarding, river rafting, hiking and some of the most scenic National Parks in the US.
Spectator events are exciting and plentiful in the Northwest. There are professional and major college sports and auto races, hydroplane races and thoroughbred races. Nightlife options include restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, comedy clubs and jazz clubs. There are farmers’ markets in 14 neighborhoods within the city limits and dozens more in the surrounding region. Professionally produced shows include ice shows, wedding shows, auto shows, home shows, boat shows and garden shows. In surrounding communities you’ll find The Puyallup Fair, Graham Fair, Enumclaw Fair, Monroe Fair and the Roy Rodeo. Additional city celebrations are available like Seattle Seafair, Olympia Lakefair, Tacoma Daffodil Festival, Bellevue and Marysville Strawberry Festivals, Kent Cornucopia Days, Issaquah Salmon Days, The Bite of Seattle, Bumpershoot and that’s just the beginning.
And what would a world class city be without the arts? Seattle has an abundance of critically acclaimed cultural options. The Seattle Symphony leads a list of half a dozen professional orchestras performing regularly in the NW Metroplex. The same is true of the Seattle Repertory Theatre Company and performance theatre in the Northwest. The Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera are internationally praised. There are also Seattle Arts Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, Wing Luke Asian Arts Museum, Glass Museum, Washington State History Museum, Burke Museum, Frye Museum, Museum of Flight and Museum of History and a host of local exhibits like the LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma, the Children’s Imagine Museum in Everett and the Eastside Heritage Center in Bellevue.
A vibrant spiritual life is available in Seattle even though historically the City’s residents are among the most un-churched in the nation. Speculation is that this is so because more folks want to be outdoors on Sunday than indoors. But it’s not for a lack of churches available to attend. More than 264 groups offer their hand of fellowship representing every possible theological position so there are plenty of options. If its volunteering that floats your boat, the opportunities are unlimited with service clubs like Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, and Elks and health charities such as Make-a-Wish, Muscular Dystrophy, American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association. In addition there are sixteen hospitals, dozens of libraries, scores of youth organizations and hundreds of schools all waiting for new helpers.
The Seattle real estate market is as varied as are its nearly 60 neighborhoods and 12 districts. From Queen Anne Hill to the Rainier Valley and from Georgetown to Downtown, the differences are great. Most communities are experiencing a lot of activity with appreciation averaging around 10% each year.
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