Although LingoStar is based in Vancouver, Canada, we regularly serve corporate and individual clients in Seattle. With such close proximity, we have extensive knowledge of cultural and business practices in Seattle and can help your business achieve multilingual communication across Canada, the USA and overseas.
Located in the state of Washington and the largest city in the northwestern United States, Seattle is nicknamed ‘Emerald City’ for its lush and beautiful surroundings. Seattle is named after Chief Sealth “Seattle” who was Chief of the Suquamish native tribe.
Seattle was founded in 1851 by colonists who arrived on the shore of Alki Beach and built a village in Elliott Bay, where one can now find Pioneer Square. Seattle became internationally known after hosting the World’s Fair - Century 21 Exposition in 1962. It is ranked as the most literate city in the United States and has the most libraries and bookstores in the United States.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language at home in Seattle with approximately 80% of residents speaking only English. A variety of Asian languages including Chinese, Tagalog (Filipino), Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi, Cambodian, Laotian, and Thai make up 10% and 4% speak Indo-European languages. Spanish is spoken by almost 5% of the population, and many public services are provided in English and Spanish.
Seattle has seen a major increase in immigration in recent decades; the foreign-born population increased 40% between the 1990 and 2000 censuses. The Chinese population in the Seattle area has origins in mainland China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan. The Seattle area is also home to a high Vietnamese population. In addition, the Seattle area is home to over 30,000 Somali immigrants.
Seattle's economy is driven by a mix of older industrial companies in the aviation, architecture and recreational industries, and new economy industries such as Internet and IT companies, service, design and clean technology companies.
In fact, Seattle is known as a leader in Environmental or ‘Green’ Technology. Local public leaders have taken on reformative policies regarding urban design, building standards, clean energy and climate change. In fact, in February 2010, Seattle committed to becoming North America's first ‘climate neutral’ city, with a goal of reaching greenhouse gas emissions of zero net per capita by the year 2030.
Some very large companies dominate Seattle’s business landscape. Three companies headquartered in Seattle made it to the 2008 Fortune 500 list of the United States' largest companies: Internet retailer Amazon.com (#100), coffee chain Starbucks (#241), and department store Nordstrom (#270).