Seattle is the Northernmost major city on the West Coast of the United States. The major economic, cultural and educational centre in the region, Seattle is the centre of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area, the 15th largest in the United States, and the largest in the north-western United States. The United States of America (USA) is in North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico. Mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest; low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Vast central plain, mountains in west, hills and low mountains in east; rugged mountains and broad river valleys in Alaska; rugged, volcanic topography in Hawaii. The official language is English. It is predominant in business circles throughout the US. The US has highly cosmopolitan immigrant communities, particularly in cities who speak many other languages. Spanish is widely spoken in districts of most cities, as well as areas near the Mexican border. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of the United States is a capitalist mixed economy, fuelled by abundant natural resources, a well-developed infrastructure, and high productivity. The U.S. economy is the largest national economy in the world, with an estimated gross domestic product (GDP) equal to a quarter of nominal global GDP and a fifth of global GDP at purchasing power parity. Expatriate business dress is generally formal, comprising jacket and tie for men and suits for women, although this may differ by industry and state. The security risk for expatriates in the United States is low overall, but medium in low-income, inner-city areas. Risks include terrorism, opportunistic street crime (such as pickpocketing, bag-snatching, mugging and vehicle theft), and violent crime in low-income, inner-city areas. Other risks include hurricanes, forest fires, and snowstorms. The population in Seattle WA is 3.671 Mil (2015 est.), while the inflation rate is 0.5% (2015 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Seattle WA, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Seattle WA as at 1 January 2016 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Average 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Very High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: High Seattle WA is for example 51.4% more expensive than Jaipur for groceries, 25.9% more expensive for household costs than Lucknow, and 65.9% more expensive for transport costs than New Delhi. The hardship premium for Seattle WA for an expat from Guinea, is for example -30%, i.e. host location (Seattle WA) premium of 10% minus home (Guinea) location premium of 40%. Seattle WA is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Seattle WA? Register subscribe to your home location and Seattle WA and run your personalised reports.