The Seattle Community

The Puget Sound region, which includes Seattle, is a region of impressive natural beauty with its snowcapped mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, and lush evergreen forests. Seattle and the surrounding areas enjoy a relatively mild climate throughout the year. Average high temperature through November and February is 47 degrees, with an average temperature of 72 degrees between the months of June through August. The average annual rainfall is 36 inches, which is lower than several cities across the U.S. (e.g., Washington DC, New York, Boston, Chicago).

SPAN: Seattle Public Access Network
The official website for the City of Seattle: Visitor, Citizen and Business information, Municipal Directory, other WA State links.

Washington Trails Association
Hiking guide, Signpost magazine, outdoors reports.


Natural recreational attractions vary widely, with an abundance of national, state, and city parks. The city of Seattle is the multicultural center of the Pacific Northwest, richly preserved in the architecture, art, and cuisine of the area. Seattle has many nationally recognized performing arts (ballet, opera, symphony, museums and theatre), and attractions (Space Needle, Pike Place Market,The Experience Music Project, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum) that contribute to its unique cultural identify. A range of professional (Mariners, Super Sonics, Seahawks, the Storm) and college (University of Washington Huskies) sporting events are active throughout the year. Seattle's educational facilities, both public and private, are excellent. In higher education, the metropolitan area supports six community colleges and five four-year colleges and universities.

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