Some of the largest employers include Microsoft (in Redmond to the northeast), (downtown), Starbucks (in a redeveloped industrial zone south of downtown), and Boeing’s labs and manufacturing facilities in Everett and also south of downtown near the airport.The economy is robust although the aerospace and technology sectors make it more cyclical than that of other large cities.This is the most fine-grained area for which detailed information is made available from the government, to protect the individual privacy of each of us.Because census tracts are based on population, they vary in size depending on the density of settlement.Cost of living and particularly housing have risen substantially in recent years.
Since census tracts are subdivisions of a county, we did a spatial overlay of the census tracts onto city and town boundaries using a geographic information system to properly assign each census tract to its appropriate city or town.
In general, the area represents the usual big-city tradeoffs—excellent cultural and educational resources, plenty to do and plenty of variety in exchange for high costs and crowding—but with the additional elements of natural beauty and climate to consider.
Along the edge of Puget Sound, the area is hilly and heavily forested where not completely built up.
Seattle is a lively and cosmopolitan city beautifully set in a dramatic backdrop of water, forests and mountains.
The main downtown area sits on a narrow, hilly strip of land between Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east.