Seattle is a center of technology and e-commerce innovation and headquarters to both Microsoft and Amazon. As a result, the region has been a pioneer in e-commerce logistics and distribution. The presence of Boeing ensures that manufacturing is also an important economic driver. Several financial services firms round out the region’s diversified economy.
Seattle is an important center for trade. The Northwest Port Alliance—the combined ports of Seattle and Tacoma—is the fourth most active port system in the country. Significant rail and highway networks connect the two ports with the rest of the U.S.