Was the most populated city in the NW until Vancouver BC surpassed it. Known for beatifull natural setting and coffee culture. Outdoor orientated, safe for a major US city, Liberal, and great sports teams. Started as a resource and shipping based economy. Now the economy is dominated by Manufacturing of Hi Tech goods and banking and tourism. POP: Seattle - 565,00 Greater Puget Sound - 3,800000 approximately
Washington is a beautiful place and Seattle can be wonderful. There is so much to do there. It's home of the Pike Place Market, the Seattle Mariners, and Starbucks. Seattle is near so much. You have the mountains for snowboarding/skiing/hiking. You have the water for boating/swimming. You have everything you need in Seattle/Washington.
The only problems are that Seattle has horrible traffic and it rains a lot. (Although, personally, I don't think the weather is THAT bad year-round.. and I live there.)
Known for the Space Needle, the coffee, the boating, Microsoft, hilly-terrain, and it's alternative/grunge rock bands, Seattle is a great place to live and visit.
Unlike Tacoma, Spokane and Portland, Seattle has a definite and distinct personality.
There are many activities and places to explore in Seattle, and it has a great music scene.
As far as cities go, Seattle is unusually clean, despite the homeless population. Crime is relatively low, and for the most part, it's completely safe.
Did I mention Seattle has the most beautiful night-skyline in the country?
If you're in Western Washington, come visit Seattle.
Me: You're right, but it's more beautiful than your city!
Ignorant Peon: Damn. You're right. I'm sick of being wrong all the time. I wish I was as cool as you.
The best time to visit Seattle is June-August. The weather is nice, people are out and about, and the city is flourishing with fun stuff to do.