Seattle is a seaport city on the West Coast of the United States. According to U.S. Census data released in 2018, the Seattle metropolitan area’s population stands at 3.94 million, and ranks as the 15th largest in the United States. In July 2016, Seattle was again the fastest-growing major U.S. city, with a 3.1% annual growth rate. The stream of new software, biotechnology, and Internet companies led to an economic revival. Microsoft and Amazon were both founded here.