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Metropolitan area
Map of Seattle metropolitan area

Common name: Seattle metropolitan area
Largest city Seattle (713,700)
Other cities  - Tacoma (211,277)
 - Bellevue (141,400)
 - Kent (127,514)
 - Everett (109,043)
 - Renton (104,000)
Population  Ranked 14th in the U.S.
 - Total 3,867,046
 - Density 659/sq. mi. 
250/km²
Area 5,872.35 sq. mi.
15,209.3 km²
State(s)  Washington
Elevation   
 - Highest point 14,411 feet (4,392 m)
 - Lowest point 0 feet (0 m)

The Seattle metropolitan area is an urban conglomeration in the U.S. state of Washington that includes Seattle and its surrounding satellites and suburbs. It includes the three most populous counties in the state—King, Snohomish, and Pierce—and is considered a component of the greater Puget Sound region. The United States Census Bureau defines the metropolitan area as the Seattle–Tacoma–Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area. With an estimated population of 3,867,046 as of 2017,[1] it is the 14th largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States, with almost half of Washington's population.

Definition[]

As defined by the United States Census Bureau, the Seattle metropolitan area is made up of the following (see Fig. STB):

Based on commuting patterns, the adjacent metropolitan areas of Olympia, Bremerton, and Mount Vernon, along with a few smaller satellite urban areas, are grouped together in a wider labor market region known as the Seattle–Tacoma–Olympia Combined Statistical Area (CSA) (See Figure STO), commonly known as the Puget Sound region. The population of this wider region is 4,686,536—roughly two-thirds of Washington's population—as of 2017.[1] The Seattle CSA is the 12th largest CSA, and the 13th largest primary census statistical area in the country. The additional metropolitan and micropolitan areas included are:

  • BremertonSilverdale metropolitan area
    • Kitsap County: west of Seattle, separated from the city by Puget Sound; connected to Seattle by ferry and to Tacoma by the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
  • Olympia metropolitan area
  • Mount VernonAnacortes metropolitan area
  • Oak Harbor micropolitan area
    • Island County: northwest of Everett, encompassing Whidbey and Camano Islands in Puget Sound
  • Shelton micropolitan area

Census statistics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 4,128
1880 11,616 181.4%
1890 123,443 962.7%
1900 189,518 53.5%
1910 464,659 145.2%
1920 601,090 29.4%
1930 706,220 17.5%
1940 775,815 9.9%
1950 1,120,448 44.4%
1960 1,428,803 27.5%
1970 1,832,896 28.3%
1980 2,093,112 14.2%
1990 2,559,164 22.3%
2000 3,043,878 18.9%
2010 3,439,809 13.0%
Est. 2017 3,867,046 27.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 estimate

As of the 2010 census, there were 3,439,809 people, 1,357,475 households, and 845,966 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA were as followed:[2][3]

In 2010 the median income for a household in the MSA was $63,088 and the median income for a family was $76,876. The per capita income was $32,401.[4]

Map of southeast Seattle Metro towns

County 2017 Estimate 2010 Census Change Area Density
King County !H9978595915576 −11.76% 2,115.56 sq mi (5,479.3 km2) 1,035/sq mi (399/km2)
Pierce County !H9976248435764 −9.30% 1,669.51 sq mi (4,324.0 km2) 525/sq mi (203/km2)
Snohomish County !H9977940665601 −11.01% 2,087.27 sq mi (5,406.0 km2) 384/sq mi (148/km2)
Total !H9977970927073 −11.05% 5,872.34 sq mi (15,209.3 km2) 659/sq mi (254/km2)

Religion[]

According to the Pew Research Center's 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study, the Seattle metropolitan area's religious affiliation is as follows:[5]

  • Christian: 52%
    • Protestant Christian: 34%
    • Catholic Christian: 15%
    • Other Christian: 3%
  • Non-Christian faiths: 10%
    • Buddhist: 2%
    • Hindu: 2%
    • Judaism: 1%
    • Islam: Less than 1%
    • Other faiths: 4%
  • Unaffiliated: 37%
  • Don't Know: 1%

Cities[]

Seattle

Tacoma

Bellevue

Everett

Major
Other
  • Arlington
  • Auburn
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Beaux Arts Village
  • Bonney Lake
  • Bothell
  • Bremerton
  • Brier
  • Burien
  • Covington
  • Des Moines
  • Duvall
  • Enumclaw
  • Edmonds
  • Federal Way
  • Gig Harbor
  • Gold Bar
  • Granite Falls
  • Issaquah
  • Kenmore
  • Kent
  • Kirkland
  • Lake Forest Park
  • Lake Stevens
  • Lakewood
  • Lynnwood
  • Maple Valley
  • Marysville
  • Mercer Island
  • Mill Creek
  • Monroe
  • Mountlake Terrace
  • Mount Vernon
  • Mukilteo
  • Newcastle
  • Normandy Park
  • Puyallup
  • Poulsbo
  • Redmond
  • Renton
  • Sammamish
  • SeaTac
  • Shoreline
  • Silverdale
  • Snohomish
  • Stanwood
  • Sultan
  • Tukwila
  • Woodinville
  • Woodway

Transportation[]

Major airports[]

  • Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
  • Arlington Municipal Airport (Washington)
  • Boeing Field
  • Harvey Airfield
  • Paine Field
  • Renton Municipal Airport

Major highways[]

  • US 2.svg U.S. Route 2
  • I-5.svg Interstate 5
  • WA-7.svg State Route 7
  • WA-9.svg State Route 9
  • WA-16.svg State Route 16
  • WA-18.svg State Route 18
  • I-90.svg Interstate 90
  • WA-99.svg State Route 99
  • US 101.svg U.S. Route 101
  • WA-202.svg State Route 202
  • I-405.svg Interstate 405
  • WA-520.svg State Route 520
  • WA-522.svg State Route 522
  • I-605.svg Interstate 605 (proposed)
  • I-705.svg Interstate 705

Mass transit[]

  • Sound Transit, trains, buses, light rail in Puget Sound area
  • Community Transit, buses in Snohomish County except Everett
  • King County Metro, buses in King County
  • Pierce Transit, buses in Pierce County
  • Everett Transit, bus service in the city of Everett
  • Intercity Transit, bus service in Thurston County
  • Mason Transit Authority, bus service in Mason County
  • Seattle Streetcar, streetcar service in the city of Seattle

References[]

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