The City is located on an isthmus that connects Puget Sound with Lake Washington. It is the United States’ northernmost significant city, situated approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the Canadian border. Seattle, an important gateway for trade with northern Asia, is North America’s 4th biggest port in terms of container handling in 2015.
The economy of Seattle is fueled by a mixture of traditional industrial firms and “new economy” Internet and technology firms, as well as design, service, and clean technology firms. In 2010, Seattle’s gross metropolitan product (GMP) was $231 billion, ranking it as the country’s 11th biggest metropolitan economy. The Port of Seattle, which also administers the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, serves as a significant gateway for trade with Asia and Alaska cruises. Additionally, it is the eighth biggest port in the U.S. by container capacity. In 2015, it integrated its maritime freight operations with those of the Port of Tacoma to establish the Northwest Seaport Alliance. While Seattle was impacted by the Great Recession, the city has maintained a relatively solid economy and is known for its start-up enterprises, particularly in green building and clean technology. In February 2010, the city administration committed to making Seattle the first “climate neutral” city in North America by 2030, with the goal of achieving 0 net per capita greenhouse gas emissions.
The commercial landscape continues to be dominated by major businesses. The City is home to 5 companies on Fortune 500’s 2017 list of the biggest corporations in the U.S. (by total revenue): Amazon.com (#12), Starbucks (#131), Nordstrom (#188), Weyerhaeuser (#341), and freight forwarder Expeditors International of Washington (#429). Providence Health & Services is Washington’s biggest health care system and the 5th biggest employer. Seattle is well-known for its coffee consumption; Seattle-based coffee brands consist of Starbucks, Tully’s, and Seattle’s Best Coffee. (Source: Wikipedia)