Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area is a tri-county area located within the Puget Sound region off the coast of the state of Washington.

The greater Seattle area is comprised of three major counties, King County, Snohomish County, and Pierce county. Over half of The state of Washington's population live in the greater Seattle metro area. Seattle is the largest city within the metro area, and is one of the largest port cities on the West Coast.

Total Population: 4,011,553

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 556,017
  • Language Spoken at Home - 664,450

Quick Facts

  • Seattle is one of the most literate cities in the country, and has the highest percentage of college graduates in the nation.

  • Seattle is one of the fastest growing major cities in America with about a 5% annual growth percentage.

  • The largest ethnic group in Seattle are Asians. They make up 14.4% of the city's total population.

  • Historically Seattle has had one of the largest Japanese populations in America, and the oldest Judo dojo is the Seattle Dojo located in the heart of the city.

  • Seattle's 98118 zip code, in the Columbia city neighborhood, is considered to be one of the most diverse tabulation zip code areas in the country.

  • Seattle has one of the largest Cambodian, as well as one of the largest Samoan communities in the nation.

  • To get a closer look at the people groups that have settled in and around the greater Seattle area, go to Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA metropolitan area map.


Seattle has been a significantly white city throughout its history. However, in recent years it has become more and more ethnically diverse. Not only does Seattle have one of the fastest growing populations among major cities in the United States, it also has one of the fastest growing foreign-born populations as well. In the past ten years Seattle's foreign-born population has increased by over 40%, and over half of its foreign-born residents arrived after the year 2000.

The large bulk of immigrants that are coming to Seattle are coming from Asian countries. Approximately 40% of all immigrants arriving in Seattle are from east, and southeast Asia. Many immigrants are moving to Seattle from mainland China, as well as the Philippines, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Seattle also has one of the top ten populations in the United States from each of those previously mentioned countries. The fact that Seattle is a west coast port and has a growing technology industry contributes greatly to this influx of immigrants.

People Group Highlights

Displaying 1-25 of 59 results.
PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
Punjabi SikhIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesOther Religions - Sikhism20,000
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism50,731
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism33,699
SomaliSomaliaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaIslam25,000
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism18,722
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism18,427
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia7,667
AfghanAfghanistanCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam6,714
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada6,524
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam6,234
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam5,206
Arab, MoroccanMoroccoNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni4,193
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam3,320
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni2,717
Iu MienVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions2,300
Arab, Palestinian (Muslim)IsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam1,617
Jew, IsraeliIsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism1,305
Arab, Syrian (Muslim)SyriaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni1,135
KazakhKazakhstanCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam1,130
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant42,381
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic38,771
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism33,000
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox28,336
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant19,127
Cambodian, KhmerCambodiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism15,000

Ethnic Links

Seattle Demographics- a good website to help get a sense of the demographic makeup of Seattle.

Seattle Community Network- a hub that will help connect you to the different ethnic communities in the greater Seattle area.

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