Seattle has more college and university graduates than any other city in the United States.

Seattle has gone through no fewer than five “boom and bust” cycles of economic success and decline since it was established in 1851.

Seattle is well known as the home of grunge music, or “the Seattle Sound” and bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

The Space Needle, Seattle’s most famous landmark, was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and visited by 2.3 million people during the event.

The native Lushootseed name for Puget Sound is “Whulge” which means “salt water”.

Puget Sound was named by the first European to explore it, George Vancouver, in 1792 after one of his ship’s Lieutenants.

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