Seattle is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Washington of the Northwestern United States. The encompassing Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan statistical area is the 15th largest in the United States, and the largest in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is part of the 13th largest combined statistical area (CSA) in the U.S. A coastal city and major seaport, it is located in the western part of the state on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 96 miles (154 km) south of the Canada – United States border. A major economic, cultural and educational center in the region, Seattle is the county seat of King County. By 2007 Census estimate, the city has a municipal population of 594,210, making it the twenty-fourth largest city by population in the US, and a metropolitan area population of 3,263,497. The Seattle area has been inhabited for at least 4,000 years, but European settlement began only in the mid-19th century.
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