The Rain City, Seattle
is surrounded by vast miles of fresh water as well as salt water shorelines. With its oceanic climate, picturesque natural beauty and iconic landmarks, such as Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and so forth - the city play hosts to large number of tourists every year. Did you know that Seattle is the most literate city in the United States.
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Facts About Seattle
- The city name "Seattle" is derived from the Indian name “Sealth”, who once served as a chief of the Suquamish tribe.
- Nicknames of Seattle, include The Emerald City, Rain City, The Jet City.
- Seattle's motto is Motto - The City of Flowers / The City of Goodwill.
- Seattle belong to King County.
- The estimated population of Seattle, according to 2014 US census was over 668,342.
- Racial composition of Seattle, include White, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino and other smaller races.
- The first European to explore Seattle was George Vancouver, in May 1792.
- William Boeing founded the Boeing Company, in the Seattle area.
- The Washington State Ferry System - United States' largest and world's 3rd largest.
- Seattle’s Pier 52 is the country's busiest ferry terminal.
- The Port of Seattle is the center of maritime trade and is the country's is the 8th largest port.
- Seattle's Best Coffee, Starbucks, and Tully's are coffee companies founded or based in Seattle.
- The Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge - The bridge across Lake Washington that links Seattle and Medina across is the longest floating bridge in the world.
- Medina is the hometown of Bill Gates, US' wealthiest man.
- The world’s first gas station was opened in Seattle in 1907.
- The Seattle Public Library system boasts of having the highest % of library card-holders per capita in the nation.
- Seattle’s Harbor Island is the largest man-made island in the United States.
- Pike Place Market is the nation's longest continuously functioning farmer’s market.
- The residents of Seattle is known as Seattleites
- The people of Seattle wear shorts a lot, even in chilly cold weather.
- Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle.
- Seattle was the first American city to adopt police on bicycles.
- Seattle is a city built on top of another city.
- It is called The Rain City, but the annual rainfall in Seattle is lesser than that of Chicago, Houston and New York City.
- As compared to any other city in the country, more people bike to work