Seattle, WA

Seattle’s economy is driven by a mix of older industrial companies, and “new economy” Internet and technology companies, service, design and clean technology companies. The Port of Seattle, which also operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, is a major gateway for trade with Asia and cruises to Alaska, and is the 8th largest port in the United States in terms of container capacity. Four companies on the Fortune 500 list of the United States’ largest companies, based on total revenue, are headquartered in Seattle: Internet retailer, coffee chain Starbucks, department store Nordstrom, and freight forwarder Expeditors International of Washington. Other Fortune 500 companies popularly associated with Seattle are based in nearby Puget Sound cities. Warehouse club chain Costco, the largest retail company in Washington, is based in Issaquah. Microsoft is located in Redmond. Weyerhaeuser, the forest products company, is based in Federal Way. Finally, Bellevue is home to truck manufacturer Paccar. Other major companies in the area include Nintendo of America in Redmond, T-Mobile US in Bellevue, Expedia Inc. in Bellevue and Providence Health & Services – the state’s largest health care system and fifth largest employer – in Renton. The city has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption; coffee companies founded or based in Seattle include Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and Tully’s.