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Seattle Population


Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington, located on the west coast in King County. Seattle was named after Indian leader named Sealth who had befriended the settlers. Seattle population in 2021 is estimated to be 789,098, Its area is 142.07 sq miles (367.97, 7,250.9 people per square mile in as per census 2010. Seattle is the fastest growing major city with full of activities around the clock and economic activity through industrial, commercial and cultural. Seattle city is a mix of peoples, cultures, and religions and has a higher level of ethnic diversity.

YearPopulationChange %
2020 *770,2562.20
2021 *789,0982.5
Source : Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019

Seattle city UN Urban Agglomeration Population Prospects - 1950 to 1935
YearSeattle Population
Source:, 1950 to 1935 Seattle city Population(UA)

Seattle Size and Population

Seattle population in 2020 is estimated to be 770,256, According to 2019 US census estimates 50.4%(357,372) are Male and 49.6%(351,451) are Female. 4.9%(35019) are under 5 years of age, 84.9%(601,603) are 18 years and over, 12.3%(87,406) are 65 years and over.
Between 2014-2018, 29,567 people are Veterans, Total households are 323,446 and 2.12 per household. Median household income is $85,562, Per capita income in past 12 months is $55,789 and 11.8% Persons are in poverty.

Citizen, Seattle Voting age population
539466 Citizen are 18 and over population out of these 268,627 are Male voters and 270,839 are Female voters. Percentage wise 49.8 are Male and 50.2 are Female.

Languages spoken in Seattle

Languages spoken at home are 550,713 speak only English, 31,582 speak Spanish, 4,180 French (incl. Cajun), 1,530 Italian, 1,226 Portuguese, 4,786 German, 545 Greek, 2,546 Russian, 1,520 Polish, 273 Armenian, 173 Serbo-Croatian, 688 Ukrainian or other Slavic languages and 548 Yiddish, Pennsylvania Dutch or other West Germanic languages.

Asian Indian language speakers include 470 speak Gujarati, 5801 Hindi, 450 Urdu, 1,013 Punjabi, 908 Telugu, 1,786 Tamil, 1,497 Malayalam, Kannada, or other Dravidian languages, 1,281 Bengali, 1,644 Nepali, Marathi, or other Indic languages and 2,841 Other Indo-European languages.

East Asia language speakers include 29,897 speak Chinese (incl. Mandarin, Cantonese), 5,798 Japanese, 6,532 Korean, 9,109 Tagalog (incl. Filipino), 42 Hmong, 9,016 Vietnamese, 735 Khmer, 1,264 Thai, Lao, or other Tai-Kadai languages and 1,448 speak other languages of Asia.

4,241 speak Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or other Austronesian languages, 2,889 Arabic, 698 Hebrew, 1754 Persian (incl. Farsi, Dari), 13,471 Amharic, Somali, or other Afro-Asiatic languages, 144 Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or other languages of Western Africa, 626 Swahili or other languages of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa, 71 Navajo and 130 speak other Native languages of North America.

Ethnic groups

Seattle population by race are 68% are Whites, 7% are Blacks, 0.6% are AIAN, 15.1% are Asians and 0.3% are NHPI. Population wise 481,914 are White Americans, 49,513 are Black/African Americans, 4,103 are American Indian and Alaska Native, 2,089 are Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander and 106,694 are Asians out of these 13,335 are Asian Indians, 35,134 are Chinese, 15,804 are Filipinos, 7,778 are Japanese, 7,815 are Koreans, 13,054 are Vietnamese and 13,774 are other Asians. Out of 4103 AIAN, 92 are Cherokee tribals, 98 are Chippewa, 107 are Navajo and 88 are Sioux tribal grouping. Out of 2,089 NHPI, 309 are Native Hawaiians, 366 are Guamanian/Chamorro, 952 are Samoan and 462 are other pacific islanders. Of the 46,648 Hispanic/Latino race, 26,963 are Mexican, 2890 are Puerto Rican, 1,686 are Cuban and 15,109 are other Hispanic/Latino race.

Seattle History

Until late 1852 according to references, The village which is currently Seattle was called "Dewamps" or "Duwamps", when a first merchant, Dr. David S. "Doc" Maynard (1808-1873), convinced his neighbours to adopt the name of Chief Seattle. The Seattle area was inhabited by Natives for at least 4,000 to 8,000 years before the European settlers arrived. According to Brief history, the town population was receiving population in the late 1880s. Economic expansion with the Coal and Lumber industries at that point of time, but due the growth of fishing, shipbuilding and shipping ports contributed to the town's population growth. Seattle became a major transportation center due to the Klondike gold rush started in 1896. By 1900s Seattle city population became increasingly diversified, railroads reinforcing the city growth with trade and shipping center connecting to Asia and North Pacific. African Americans to work as railroad porters and waiters, Scandinavians came to work in fishing and lumbering, and Japanese to work in hotels and operate truck gardens and hotels. There were significant communities of Italians, Chinese, Filipinos and Jews, home to several Asian ethnic groups was largely developed during this period. By 1910, population reached 240,000. Seattle grew rapidly at the end of 20th century, due to dotcom boom many of them highly skilled arrived to find the work from recession prone southern California. Regarding the Asians history in Seattle, the Asian population is concentrated in the downtown International District, but it has begun to extend throughout the metropolitan area. The majority are of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Vietnamese origin, most of the Asian nations are represented in Seattle. Seattle's Asian population is slightly larger than the African American population. The Chinese, who had settled in the area in small numbers in the early 1800s, first arrived in large numbers in the 1870s to work in service jobs and in the lumber industry and they made great contributions to the building of the transcontinental railroad. During an economic downturn in the mid-1880s, these Chinese immigrants were accused of taking jobs away from the majority population and were subsequently driven out the city through destructive anti Chinese riots. Most of the immigrants fled to San Francisco, where they faced somewhat less-violent, though still persistent, opposition.

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