Puget Sound Region
The Seattle area, the nation’s 13th largest metropolitan area, is known for its strong business climate as well as its skilled workforce. Several factors contribute to the region’s thriving business community, from the prevailing entrepreneurial spirit to the education levels and skill sets of its work force. Innovative companies attract high-quality workers who typically possess a high level of education.
Seattle is the largest city in the four-county metropolitan area known as the Puget Sound region. The area’s other major metropolitan cities are Bellevue, Tacoma, Everett, and Bremerton. Surrounding these are growing cities that include Kirkland, Redmond, Kent, Renton, Bothell, and Issaquah.
According to Forbes, Seattle is one of the most popular cities in the country for the millennial generation (ages 20-34), with a growth rate of 20.3 percent since 2007. This is primarily due to the abundance of tech, engineering, and biotechnology employment opportunities in the region, which are highly sought after industries by millennials.