Seattle is a coastal seaport city and the seat of King County, in the state of Washington. Seattle is the largest city in both the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America and the fastest-growing major city in the United States. The Seattle metropolitan area of around 3.6 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the US. Seattle is home to excellent shopping all over the city, including downtown, in Fremont, the International District, Pike Place or the University District. Downtown Seattle shopping is a square of several blocks with large names. The International District, just south of Pioneer Square, features about eight blocks of prime shopping with roots from all over Asia.
Four companies on the Fortune 500 list of the US' largest companies, based on total revenue, are headquartered in Seattle: Amazon.com, Starbucks, Nordstrom etc. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the 8th largest port in the United States and 9th largest in North America in terms of container handling.