Why Seattle-King County?

SEATTLE-KING COUNTY IS HOME OF BIG IDEAS

Frequently ranked as one of the best places to live and work, Seattle-King County is the envy of regions around the world. Explore the reasons why your company should do business here.

Click here for a downloadable Why Seattle King County? Folio. If you're doing business in China, here it is in Chinese.  

GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED INDUSTRY LEADERS

Seattle-King County is home to some of the world's most influential companies and industries.

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Many global companies and organizations are headquartered in the region including:  Alaska Airlines, Amazon, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Microsoft, Starbucks, Costco, Weyerhaeuser, Nordstrom, REI, Juno, Zulily, Tableau, Zillow, and the Gates Foundation, among many others.

Regional leaders are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive economy that benefits all.

A HIGHLY-SKILLED WORKFORCE

Seattle-King County is a global center that capitalizes on its deep talent pool to attract and grow business.

The region’s highly skilled and educated workforce provides a deep talent pool, with 47% of adults holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Top-tier talent is one of the key reasons out-of-state companies, such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Dropbox, Twitter, Alibaba, and SpaceX, are attracted to opening strategic locations in Seattle-King County.

ESTABLISHED INDUSTRY CLUSTERS

Seattle-King County has a diverse economy with thriving industry clusters.

The success of the clusters has contributed to innovation for emerging industry segments such as biomedical devices, interactive media, e-commerce, clean energy, and space exploration. Small and medium-sized businesses provide a vital contribution to the cluster ecosystem, and in turn benefit from the collaborative climate for which the Seattle-King County region is known.

CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH

Seattle-King County has a culture of innovation that makes it a hub for R&D and groundbreaking ideas.

Top-ranked research institutions, including the world-renowned University of Washington, contribute to a high-caliber talent pipeline and encourage record levels of research & development spending from the private, non-profit and public sectors. The region has always fostered the next generation of business, from early-stage startups to high-growth companies with long-term success.

UNBEATABLE QUALITY OF LIFE

Seattle-King county is where employees want to live.

SPORTS & RECREATION

Beautiful surroundings offer scenic views and countless outdoor activities - hiking, biking, boating, skiing and more - making an ideal work/life balance and a world-renowned quality of life.

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Rich and Vibrant Arts & Culture

King County has a variety of art venues, featuring everything from old-world masters to underground contemporary works. Seattle is one of few cities to have professional opera, symphony, and ballet companies and the region hosts several unique cultural centers.

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A Pleasant and Temperate Climate

You’ve no doubt heard, “it rains in Seattle.” While that is true, Seattle isn't the wettest city in the US. Not even close. King County’s climate is mild and moderately moist, averaging 154 days a year with precipitation of some sort. Winters are comparatively warm with pleasant, temperate summers.

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DOING BUSINESS IN SEATTLE-KING COUNTY

Seattle King County means business. Learn about incentives and doing business here.

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