Seattle was named after the chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish peoples who had made their home in this region for thousands of years. After its founding by settlers from the Midwest it initially became a center of the timber industry. When gold was discovered in Alaska, Seattle soon became the main port which prospectors used to travel north and it grew to be a major commercial trade hub. In World War I, the local shipbuilding industry experienced a boom time, while in World War II, it was the Boeing company that could benefit greatly from increased demand.
By now, Boeing has moved headquarters to Chicago, but there are still planes being built in the Seattle region and the company is one of the largest employers. Additionally, the area has staked its claims to host large players of modern industries - Amazon as well as Microsoft and Nintendo are headquartered in the extended area. Further, large trading corporations and companies working in the field of biotechnology are located here.
Employers are lured to the area by a large quantity of well-educated, skilled labor. About 53% of Seattle’s population have a college degree, that rate is almost twice the national average. Traditionally, the percentage of inhabitants of Asian heriatge is exceptionally high - they make up about 14% of the city population -, while only 7% are of Latin American heritage.
Seattle is widely known for frequent rains, but from a statistical point of view, the surrounding area gets much more precipitation than the city itself. Despite this reputation however, the city could increasingly position itself as a tourist destination and has numerous sights and attractions. Additionally, Seattle is a starting point to explore the attractions of the extended region including Mount Rainier and the Olympic peninsula with its rain forests. Seattle also has a lively cultural scene and has taken over an important position in the field of music.