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The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is the economic engine of Western Washington. The MSA ranks 14th among 363 markets nationwide in terms of effective buying income (EBI or after-tax, discretionary spending power). On a household level, the median household EBI in the MSA is 20 percent higher than the national median.
Median Effective Buying Income
Several factors contribute to the region's economic prosperity including consistent population growth and a successful, highly entrepreneurial business sector.
Note: Median represents the middle value. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue MSA (Seattle-Tacoma area) refers to the Metropolitan Statistical Area,
which includes King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Seattle-Tacoma DMA (Western Washington) refers to the Designated Market Area, which includes King, Snohomish, Chelan, Clallam, Douglas, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom counties.