The History of Seattle
Today Seattle is a leading leisure travel and convention destination, attracting more than nine million visitors a year
who spend $4.75 billion and contribute some $419 million in state and local tax revenues.
Lured by Seattle's mythic lifestyle,
new residents from the U.S. and other parts of the world have boosted the city's population to nearly 570,000 and its metropolitan population
to more than 3.4 million.
Entrepreneurialism still thrives in Seattle, its computer software industry leading the world in development
and its biotech industry showing strong momentum. While Boeing's corporate headquarters are no longer in Seattle, its manufacturing presence throughout the region remains sizable.
The Port of Seattle is the largest port in the Pacific Northwest, among the ten busiest container ports in the U.S.,
and its two luxury cruise terminals host 208 sailings and 429,124 passengers each year.
At the dawn of the 21st Century, Seattle is still a frontier town in spirit, an outpost on the future and a destination for pioneers.