According to the new US Census data released on Thursday, the population of Seattle has increased by 21% since 2010, and the population of King County has increased by more than 300,000. The staggering growth figures have made this region the fastest growing region in the country.
With the extraordinary growth of Amazon, the resurgence of Microsoft, and the emergence of cloud computing and enterprise technology-the two major advantages of the Seattle technology ecosystem, the technology industry may have played an important role.
Amazon currently has 80,000 employees in Washington State, most of which are in Seattle. This is an increase from 26,500 in 2015. The online retail giant plans to add another 25,000 jobs in nearby Bellevue over the next ten years.
According to Microsoft’s own data, Microsoft, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, has added 16,700 jobs in the region since 2014.
The stock prices of the two technology giants have soared during the pandemic and continue to hire. Amazon has more than 14,000 jobs in the Seattle area; Microsoft has more than 3,200.
Overall, the Seattle area has added more than 48,000 technology jobs in the past five years, an increase of more than 35%-faster than any other large technology market in the United States. CB Richard Ellis analyze.
Over the past decade, the rapid growth of the technology industry in the region has also been driven by the expansion of the Silicon Valley engineering outpost in the Seattle area, and companies including Facebook and Google continue to hire and acquire more office space.
An interesting tidbit from the census data: The fastest growing city in the region is not Seattle or Bellevue, but Kent, Washington, home of Jeff Bezos Rocket Company Blue origin.