Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Washington
Lushootseed: dᶻidᶻəlal̓ič[1]
Downtown Seattle from Queen Anne Hill
Downtown Seattle from Queen Anne Hill
Flag of Seattle, Washington
Official seal of Seattle, Washington
Etymology: Chief Si'ahl
Nickname(s): The Emerald City / The Jet City / Rain City
Motto: The City of Flowers / The City of Goodwill
Location of Seattle in King County and Washington
Location of Seattle in King County and Washington
Seattle is located in USA
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 47°36′35″N 122°19′59″W / 47.60972°N 122.33306°W / 47.60972; -122.33306Coordinates: 47°36′35″N 122°19′59″W / 47.60972°N 122.33306°W / 47.60972; -122.33306
Country United States
State Washington
County King
Incorporated December 2, 1869
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Body Seattle City Council
 • Mayor Ed Murray
 • Deputy mayor Hyeok Kim and Kate Joncas
 • City 142.5 sq mi (369.2 km2)
 • Land 83.87 sq mi (217.2 km2)
 • Water 58.67 sq mi (152.0 km2)
 • Metro 8,186 sq mi (21,202 km2)
Highest elevation 520 ft (158 m)
Lowest elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 608,660
 • Estimate (2015)[3] 684,451
 • Rank US: 18th
 • Density 8,161/sq mi (3,151/km2)
 • Urban 3,059,393 (US: 14th)
 • Metro 3,733,580 (US: 15th)
 • CSA 4,459,677 (US: 13th)
Demonym(s) Seattleite
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP codes
Area code 206
FIPS code 53-63000
GNIS feature ID 1512650[6]

Seattle (Listeni/siˈætəl/) is a West Coast seaport city and the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 684,451 residents as of 2015,[3] Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. In July 2013, it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States[7] and remained in the Top 5 in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%.[8] The Seattle metropolitan area is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States with over 3.7 million inhabitants.[9] The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the third largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015.[10]