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Seattle

county seat of King County, Washington, United States

Seattle is the largest city in the U.S. state of Washington. It is the home of the Space Needle and a monorail, both of which were built for the 1962 World's Fair. It is also the American headquarters of Starbucks coffee, Amazon.com and Nordstrom. In the 1980s and 1990s, grunge music artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and others from the city became popular. It is also the setting of the TV shows Here Come the Brides, Frasier, and Grey's Anatomy.

Seattle
Duwamish tribe's Chief Seattle
City
City of Seattle
Seattle during the day
Seattle during the day
Nickname(s): The Emerald City
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CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyKing County
IncorporatedDecember 2, 1869
Government
 • TypeMayor–council
 • MayorEd Murray
Area
 • City142.5 sq mi (369.2 km2)
 • Land83.87 sq mi (217.2 km2)
 • Water58.67 sq mi (152.0 km2)
 • Metro8,186 sq mi (21,202 km2)
Elevation0-520 ft (0-158 m)
Population (July 1, 2006)
 • City582,174
 • Density6,901/sq mi (2,665/km2)
 • Metro3,263,497
Demonym(s)Seattleite
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s)206
The Space Needle

Seattle has many sports teams, including the Seattle Mariners (baseball), the Seattle Seahawks (American football), the Sounders FC (soccer), and the Seattle Storm (women's basketball). Seattle has a lot of water around it, with Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean to the west and Lake Washington to the east. About 600,000 people live in the city. More than 3,000,000 (3 million) people live in the city or near it.

Seattle is home to many colleges and universities. The most notable of these are, University of Washington, and Seattle University.

Seattle has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb in the Koeppen climate classification).

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