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Seattle, WA

Seattle business statistics
Employer establishments with 1-49 employees
95,657 78,289
Small business growth rate
7% 5.3%
State business tax climate ranking
(out of 50 states)
12 N/A
Percentage of population with bachelor's degree
(ages 25-34)
37.8% 32.7%
Violent crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
385.1 537.6
Property crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
4,436.8 3,700.0
Population growth
7% 6.38%
Per-capita income
$49,401 $41,342
Per-capita income growth
29% 25.0%
GDP (in millions)
$197,686 $164,601
GDP growth
27% 32%
Average hourly wage
24.21 $21.03
Housing foreclosure rate
(first half of 2009)
107 113
Median rent
(2009, for a 2-bedroom housing unit)
$1,050 $981
Housing price-to-income (HPI) ratio
(first quarter of 2009)
2.0% 1.8%
Long-term HPI ratio
(20-year average, 1984-2004)
1.96% 1.85%
HPI deviation from long-term average
15% 0.0%

All statistics are for the full Metropolitan Statistical Area. For a complete list of data sources, see "How we picked the Best Places."

From the November 2009 issue
Best Places Winners


Local smallbiz lenders

  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo & Company
  • Key Bank
  • Pacific International Bancorp
  • Fortune Bank
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Data partners

This package was produced in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Foreclosure data provided by RealtyTrac.

Housing price-to-income data provided by Moody's