Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and is the region's commercial, financial, transportation, distribution and industrial hub. Many national, state, and local government offices, including the King County seat, are located in the city.
Seattle is a cultural center with numerous libraries, museums and art galleries, a variety of professional and community theater groups and musical organizations, an arboretum and a zoo. Seattle celebrates its multicultural heritage and welcomes new residents from all parts of the globe. The city has more than 40 distinct and diverse neighborhoods with an ethnic population that speaks more than 80 languages.
A large research university, two private universities, four community colleges and several trade and technical schools are based in the city. Professional and amateur sports organizations and venues are plentiful. A system of municipal parks, bike trails, community centers and playing fields is available. The city is near many national and state park, recreation and wilderness areas.