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Welcome to Seattle ...

The coastal city of Seattle is located in King County<1> and is the County Seat for King County.

The pronunciation of Seattle: see-AT-uhl<2>

When the people of Seattle refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use terms like Seattleite or Seattlite.<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Seattle has a population of 753,291 people<4> (see below for details).

Seattle was established in 1853.

The community of Seattle is 150 feet [46 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Seattle lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The ZIP code for Seattle: 98101<6>

Websites for Seattle ...

Official Website:   www.cityofseattle.net/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.seattlechamber.com/

Junior League:   www.jrleagueseattle.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Seattle had an population of 753,291 people. This is an increase of 23.76% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 33.71% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Seattle had a population of 608,660 people (which is 31.52% of the total population of King County). This makes Seattle the county's most populous community.

The population of Seattle represents 9.05% of the total population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 608,660 people, the population of Seattle increased 8.04% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 563,374 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Seattle.

Communities near Seattle ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Seattle.

  • Bellevue [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bellevue
    • Bellevue [King County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the east of Seattle
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 148,073 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bellevue
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bellevue<8>
  • Kent [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kent
    • Kent [King County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the south of Seattle
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 130,676 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kent
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kent<8>
  • Renton [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Renton
    • Renton [King County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the southeast of Seattle
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 101,494 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Renton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Renton<8>
  • Federal Way [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Federal Way
    • Federal Way [King County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the south of Seattle
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 96,307 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Federal Way
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Federal Way<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Kirkland [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kirkland
      • Kirkland [King County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the northeast of Seattle
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 95,431 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kirkland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kirkland<8>
    • Redmond [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Redmond
      • Redmond [King County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the northeast of Seattle
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 72,507 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Redmond
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Redmond<8>
    • Sammamish [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sammamish
      • Sammamish [King County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the east of Seattle
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 65,960 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sammamish
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sammamish<8>
    • Shoreline [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shoreline
      • Shoreline [King County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the north of Seattle
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,197 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shoreline
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shoreline<8>
    • Burien [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burien
      • Burien [King County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the south of Seattle
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 51,268 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burien
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Burien<8>
    • Bothell [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bothell
      • Bothell [King County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the northeast of Seattle
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 47,524 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bothell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bothell<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Seattle. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Seattle.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Seattle. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Seattle.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Seattle. Our list includes 610 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Seattle.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Seattle ...

Looking for more information about Seattle? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Seattle, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Seattle.

Adding Seattle to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Seattle in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Seattle was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Seattle

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Seattle on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Washington

About King County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Seattle: www.cityofseattle.net/

The official website for King County: www.metrokc.gov/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including King, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Seattle. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Seattle refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Seattle may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Seattle.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Seattle - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Seattle). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Seattle or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Seattle) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Seattle. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SeattleOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Seattle. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.6091, Longitude: -122.3313    
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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