Seattle 052. Copyright © Laurent Gébeau. Image used under Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Seattle, Washington is the largest city in the Northwestern United States with 608,660 residents.  The Seattle metropolitan area has about 3.4 million inhabitants and is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the country.  The city is a major seaport situated on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 114 miles south of the Canada–United States border.  The Seattle area had been inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent white settlers arrived in 1851.  Seattle developed as a technology center in the 1980s. The stream of new software, biotechnology, and internet companies lead to an economic revival, and Seattle has become a hub for “green” industry and a model for sustainable development.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: Laurent Gébeau)

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