Seattle ranks 23rd in population among the nation’s big metropolitan areas, and the city continues to grow. In fact, Seattle boasts more construction projects of residential units than any other U.S. city with the exception of Houston, reports The Seattle Times.
Last week’s 2013 State of Downtown Economic Forum of the Downtown Seattle Association reviewed the city’s priorities for developing a region that continues to support both economic and residential growth. Association President and CEO Kate Joncas shared the following:
“We’re moving in the right direction, but we must continue to develop an environment which attracts and nurtures this growth. We need to ensure that downtown is family friendly, which includes developing a downtown public school and rezoning South Lake Union to support the kind of density that will attract families….We have an obligation to ensure that we’re taking a smart approach to our advantages over suburban areas – steps like improving the pedestrian experience, preserving transit and making downtown Seattle the region’s preferred destination to live, work, shop and play. These are top priorities.”
Seattle remains the most populous city within King County, according to Seattle.gov. The city’s 2010 population of 608,660 indicated net growth of about 8 percent since the 2000 census number. One-third of total residents were between the ages of 18 and 34, highlighting the fact that Seattle has the ability to attract young talent.The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area is the 15th most populous metro region in the U.S.