Seattle, Washington

Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and counts 3.5 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Boasting a vibrant music and performing arts scene, the city has a large student and young professional crowd. Seattle is also a very modern city, and host to headquarters of 4 fortune 500 companies including Starbucks, Nordstrom, and more recently Amazon. Microsoft headquarters, while not in Seattle itself, is only 16 miles outside of the city in nearby Redmond. In addition, Seattle has strong ties to the logging industry. Seattle is an important shipping city with the third largest port in the country, and is a gateway to U.S. trade with Asia.