Seattle metropolitan area

Last updated on 16 July 2017

The Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area is located in the U.S. state of Washington and includes the three most populous counties—King, Snohomish, and Pierce—within the greater Puget Sound region. The United States Census Bureau officially defines the metropolitan area as the Seattle–Tacoma–Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, with an estimated population of 3,798,902, which is slightly more than half of Washington's population as of 2016,[1] making it the 15th largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States.

As defined by the United States Census Bureau, the Seattle metropolitan area is made up of the following (see Fig. STB):

Based on commuting patterns, the adjacent metropolitan areas of Olympia, Bremerton, and Mount Vernon, along with a few smaller satellite urban areas, are grouped together in a wider labor market region known as the Seattle–Tacoma–Olympia Combined Statistical Area (CSA) (See Figure STO), commonly known as the Puget Sound region. The population of this wider region is 4,684,516—roughly two-thirds of Washington's population—as of 2016.[2] The Seattle CSA is the 12th largest CSA, and the 13th largest primary census statistical area in the country. The additional metropolitan and micropolitan areas included are:

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A map of the Seattle MSA. The Seattle MSA is highlighted in teal, the CSA in navy blue.

Census statistics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 4,128
1880 11,616 181.4%
1890 123,443 962.7%
1900 189,518 53.5%
1910 464,659 145.2%
1920 601,090 29.4%
1930 706,220 17.5%
1940 775,815 9.9%
1950 1,120,448 44.4%
1960 1,428,803 27.5%
1970 1,832,896 28.3%
1980 2,093,112 14.2%
1990 2,559,164 22.3%
2000 3,043,878 18.9%
2010 3,439,809 13.0%
Est. 2015 3,733,580 8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 estimate

As of the 2010 census, there were 3,439,809 people, 1,357,475 households, and 845,966 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA were as followed:[3][4]

In 2010 the median income for a household in the MSA was $63,088 and the median income for a family was $76,876. The per capita income was $32,401.[5]

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Map of southeast Seattle Metro towns

Religion

According to the Pew Research Center's 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study, the Seattle metropolitan area's religious affiliation is as follows:[6]

  • Christian: 52%
    • Protestant Christian: 34%
    • Catholic Christian: 15%
    • Other Christian: 3%
  • Non-Christian faiths: 10%
    • Judaism: 1%
    • Islam: Less than 1%
    • Buddhist: 2%
    • Hindu: 2%
    • Other faiths: 4%
  • Unaffiliated: 37%
  • Don't Know: 1%

Cities

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Seattle
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Tacoma
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Bellevue
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Everett
Major
Other

Transportation

Major airports

Major highways

Mass transit

References

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