Caffeine, cozy clothing, and books are all big in the Emerald City, which hosts the headquarters of Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Amazon. The Port of Seattle is a major gateway for trade with Asia and also the point of departure for many cruises to Alaska, keeping tourist dollars flowing into the economy.
The Seattle Metro Area includes people in Seattle, Wash.; Tacoma, Wash.; Bellevue, Wash.; Everett, Wash.; and the surrounding areas.
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