Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington, in the northwest of the United States of America. The metropolitan area of the city comprises Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, is the 15th most populous in the country and the largest in the Pacific Northwest.The city is located between Lake Washington and the bay known as Puget Sound, next to the ocean Peaceful. It is located 155 kilometers south of the US-Canada border. Important cultural, educational and economic center of the region, Seattle is the seat of King County. In the estimated 2007 Census, the city had a municipal population of 594,210 inhabitants, making it the twenty-fourth most populous city in the United States and a metropolitan area of 3,263,497 inhabitants.
The area of Seattle has been inhabited since at least 4,000 years, but the first European settlements did not arrive until the middle of the 19th century. The first permanent white settlers were Arthur A. Denny and those who were later known as the Denny Party, who arrived on November 13, 1851.