Seattle is a fairly well-known city and there are some landmarks that stand out in most peoples minds such as the Space Needle. However, there is a lot more to this large city in Washington than most give credit for.
Here are some interesting facts about Seattle
– How many do you know?
- The city of Seattle has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years.
- The Boeing Company (which is famous for constructing airplanes) was originally a boat company.
- Boeing became the largest employer in Seattle because of World War II, when the government of the United States suddenly found itself in need to quality airplanes.
- Coffee lovers rejoice, because Seattle is the original home of Starbucks, the largest coffee chain in the world.
- The top floors of the Smith Tower (which was once the tallest building West of the Mississippi when built in 1914) are luxury condos.
- Seattle has been ranked the top literate city in the USA. They have the highest percentage of residents that hold at least a college degree.
- Based on #6, it is of no surprise to find out that the Public Library System in Seattle has the highest percentage of library card-holders (per capita) in the entire country.
- The famous Space Needle was built for the World’s Fair in 1962.
- Bill Gates won a dinner at the Space Needle restaurant in 1966 (when he was only 11 years old). The prize was offered by successfully memorizing and reciting the Sermon on the Mount (The Gospel of Matthew – chapters 5, 6, and 7).
- The first Beatles song was played on a Seattle radio station.
- The second gas station in the world was opened in 1907, on East Marginal Way in Seattle.
- The vision for the Space Needle was inspired by the Stuttgart Tower in Germany.
- The first workers strike in the United States occurred in Seattle in 1919. 60,000 shipyard employees walked off the job.
- The “Underground Tour” will show you that the Seattle was built directly on top of the city that was affected by the fire of 1889.
- Seattle residents are cool in their shades, as sunglasses are one of the most common products purchased by individuals who live and visit Seattle.
- Second only to New York City, Seattle has the most live music performances in the USA.
- All Seattle mayors have been male, except for Bertha Landes, who was elected in 1926, and was not only the first female mayor in Seattle, but in any US city.
- Many Seattle residents use a bicycle for their daily commute. In fact, the Seattle police force was outfitted with bicycles in 1987.
- Kenny G calls Seattle his hometown.
- It is interesting to know, that unlike sunglasses, umbrellas are not a big seller in Seattle. In fact, although there could be a constant drizzle of rain during the winter months, many Seattleites do not use an umbrella.
- Seattle is a dog loving city. In fact, according to the US Census from 2010, there were 140 thousands dogs, and only 93 thousand human children living in Seattle.