Population: 536,978
Popultaion Density: 6,400/sq. mile
Population Growth (1990-1998): 4.0%
Area: 83.9 sq. miles
Unemployment: 3.6%
Per capita income: $33,373

History: First setled in 1851. Incorporated in 1869. Suffered sever fire in 1889. Played prominent role in Alaskan Gold rush, 1897. Heavy growth followed the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. Has been a center of American Aircraft Industry since World War II. Also close to the town of Redmond, where computer giant Microsoft makes their headquarters.

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