After reading a rather insightful article on GeekWire, I was reminded of a few statistics that I came across some years ago in relation to what’s known widely as the Emerald City… the place recognizably noted around the world for its AIRPLANES, COFFEE, SOFTWARE AND BOOKS.
Some have even dubbed Seattle the ‘capital of the 21st century’ due to all of the industries that have generated mass amounts of wealth for those in and around the region. As well, many people fail to realize that what resulted in the dot.com boom was ignited here in the Pacific Northwest and therefor set a trail that blazed the path for many liked minded entrepreneurs of my generation.
This ultimately generated a wealth base resulting in Seattle being labeled as the richest city even before the bubble burst on that particular industry.
The city of Seattle and its residents have built quite a reputable reputation for themselves in it’s 146 years of incorporation. So much so that, “(CNNMoney.com) — If you equate education with intelligence, then the smartest city in the United States is Seattle – 52.7 percent of its residents age 25 or older have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher. The education rankings were released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Seattle’s also been ranked as the most literate city in the United States by Central Connecticut State University, beating out Minneapolis, Washington and Atlanta. That rating was based on such things as the number of booksellers, libraries and newspaper circulation – as well as educational attainment. Many brainy people have flocked to the Seattle area to work in what’s called the “knowledge economy.”
Companies headquartered there and in surrounding towns, including Microsoft, Amazon, Cray, Washington Mutual and Costco, all use heavy doses of information technology. Even another of the area’s biggest employers, old-line Boeing, is also a glutton for technological solutions.
Seattle also has more than its share of residents with advanced degrees: 20.5 percent. Only Washington, D.C., has more holders of advanced degrees. Many there work for the federal government, as well as for the think tanks and other nongovernmental organizations that form the heart of capital’s working culture.”
Now that you know, perhaps you’ll consider this modern day metropolis when planning your next career move.