About the area:
Mount Rainier looms above the cities south of Seattle - communities close to employment centers and within easy reach of outdoor recreation. Seattle is the economic, cultural and social hub of the Pacific Northwest. With a population of more than half a million, the city is a growing and vibrant urban center. Seattle's many neighborhoods and surrounding communities reflect the diversity of its residents. These neighborhoods and communities provide the cultural diversity, richness and sophistication of a large city. Yet, the small-town feeling of each area gives Seattle residents a sense of community.