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Hail to the Hometown


March 2014

Lauren Hunsberger


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We know the Seattle and Eastside metro area is a great place to live and work, but here’s how your hometown compares to the rest of the country:

High Performance Rates 

As reported by the Pew Research Center, the Milken Institute currently ranks Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metro area as sixth in the country on their annual list of Best-Performing Cities. The report read: “The resurgence in commercial aircraft manufacturing is driving that performance along with software. Aerospace added nearly 7,000 high-skilled manufacturing jobs in 2011-2012, while software companies added 5,000 jobs over the past five years. This has increased demand for housing, which will help restore construction jobs.” To see the full report, visit or

Smarter Than Your Average City

Fast Company magazine named Seattle as the Smartest City in North America in 2013. The title was given based on innovation, dedication to sustainability and the “ability to attract creative and entrepreneurial talent.” For more information and the complete report, visit

Good Career Move

Forbes magazine named the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metro area as the ninth best place for businesses and career. The following are just a few of the stats they used in the study:

  • Job Growth (2012): 2.7%
  • Unemployment: 4.7%
  • High-Tech Employment: 10.1%
  • Median Household Income: $67,990
  • Median Home Price: $324,400
  • Cost of Living: 22.4% above the national average
  • Average Commute: 27 minutes

To see their complete breakdown, visit

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