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Recent rankings for the Seattle metropolitan region reveal a vibrant leading market

1st for overall technology performance

1st for broadband speeds among cities with population of a half million or more

1st for high tech job growth

1st for average online charitable donation

1st Best city for hipsters

2nd most literate city in the U.S.

2nd for projected office building-investment in 2012

3rd for tech startup jobs and 2nd for median salary for employees of tech startup companies

3rd in projected retail investment

4th most innovative city in America, based on patent filings, cultural assets, walk-ability, bicycle friendly neighborhoods, and universities and R&D that promote human infrastructure

Seattle-Tacoma DMA rankings vs. other DMA markets, by composition

  • 1st for always voting in statewide and local elections
  • 1st for using the Internet for local news
  • 1st for gardening
  • 2nd for buying airline tickets online
  • 2nd for drinking whiskey
  • 2nd for regularly pay more for eco-friendly products and services
  • 2nd for buying organic food
  • 2nd for power boating
  • 3rd for photography
  • 3rd for drinking microbrews
  • 3rd for owning a cat
  • 3rd for reading or contributing to blogs
  • 4th for hiking and backpacking
  • 6th for owning mutual funds
  • 6th for owning or leasing hybrid vehicle

Area map (PDF, 493K)

Note: 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. Sources: Wired magazine, 8/2011; FCC, International Broadband Data Report, 5/2011; Forbes, 12/2011; Convio, 2012; Travel & Leisure, 2012; Center for Public Policy and Social Research at CCSU, 2011; Grubb & Ellis, 2012; payscall.com, 2012; Marcus & Millchap, 2012; 2ThinkNow Research, 2012; ASU School of Business, 2012; 2011 Multi-Market Scarborough Report, Release 2