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Cities in the Spotlight: Seattle

Seattle's Space Needle is one of the country's most unique sights.

Seattle's Space Needle is one of the country's most unique sights.

The Pacific Northwest has some of the most unique terrain in the country, and if you don't mind rainy weather, there are many parts of the region that could be a great fit. One of those places you may consider packing and moving to is Seattle, as it has plenty of attractions in and around the city.

Seattle has a population of approximately 621,000 people, which makes it the largest area in the Pacific Northwest. The temperature widely varies, as The Weather Channel noted its summer high reaches an average of 76 degrees, while the winter low falls to an average of 36 degrees.

The city is the home of the Space Needle, which is one of the most recognizable structures in the United States. Constructed for the 1962 World's Fair, the tower allows for visitors to get an aerial view of the city, and is often used as a city symbol.

If you are looking for a day trip from the city, visiting Mount St. Helens may be a fun idea. The volcano is less than four hours from Seattle, and has multiple visitors areas, as well as a recreation area. However, if you prefer to stay close to home, there are plenty of water-related activities in Seattle. On the western side of the city lies Puget Sound, while the eastern side has Lake Washington.

Seattle is also a popular sports city. The main professional teams are the National Football League's Seahawks and Major League Soccer's Sounders. Both teams play at Qwest Field.

The city has multiple two- and four-year colleges, with its largest being the University of Washington. Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University are also prominent schools in the city.