About the Seattle, Washington Area

Seattle is one of the United States' most fascinating paradoxes. The breathtaking waters of the Puget Sound meet the heights of Washington's Cascade Mountain Range, all of which frame a shining city that invites you to explore further. This blend of wildnerness and metropolis makes for an unforgettable location that has attracted a diverse and eclectic community, world renowned for its contribution to music, to arts, down to the ingredients of the coffee you drink. It is a beautiful and vibrant community, and it is home to one of the smallest Christ-following populations in North America. This gives us all the more reason for Western Seminary to bring gospel-centered training to the Seattle Teaching Site.


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Seattle experiences a temperate climate, with mild, damp winters and relatively dry, warm summers. Famous for rainfall, Seattle is one of the rainiest cities in the country, though there is only a small amount of rain on most of those rainy days. While cloudy during many months of the year (over 200), the weather in summer is spectacularly clear and beautiful. Summer temperatures rarely raise above 70 degrees farenheit.

Cost of Living*

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634,535 (King County)

Median Age*

36.1 years


Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregation: 37.3%

Catholic Church 43%
Evangelical Christian 12.6%
Mainline Christian 11.2%
Other 32.2%

Ethnic Diversity*

White alone 65.2%
Asian alone 14.6%
Hispanic 7.3%
Black alone 7.1%
Two or more races 4.9%
American Indian alone  0.7%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander alone 0.2%
Other race alone 0.08%


Seattle is a city that thrives on outdoor recreation. With the massive Puget Sound to the immediate west, and beautiful Lake Washington to the east, Seattle is sandwiched by water, perfect for kayaking, swimming and fishing. As well, south of the city the towering Mt. Rainier will captivate you for a breathtaking view, and provides plenty of hiking and exploring. Seattle loves its art and history, with many ways to experience the meaning and beauty of humanity. From the Experience Music Project to the Boeing Museum of Flight, or the sleek architecture of the Space Needle cutting through the skyline, Seattle has so many reasons to enjoy city life. Not to mention the many 'indie' expressions of eccentric food, coffee and entertainment. Seattle has it all. 

To find out more about fun things to do in Seattle, visit: www.visitseattle.org or www.tripadvisor.com.


*statistics taken from City-Data.com during July 2014