Despite the economy and difficult national events of the past few months the City of Seattle has been proactive in economic development and the pursuit of growth reflected in some national rankings for 2012, as follows:
1. Seattle scored 4th nationally as a top city for making films, Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker: 2012 | MovieMaker Magazine.
2. In January of 2012 Forbes reported Seattle as one of the best-paying cities for women, rated as 10th, following San Jose, Washington D.C. and other cities, Best-Paying Cities For Women - Forbes.
3. In March of last year the Puget Sound Business Journal noted Seattle to be number 5 in national rankings for job growth in 2011, Seattle: No. 5 in U.S. job growth last year - Puget Sound Business Journal.
4. On Dec. 4 this past month, Seattle was ranked as one of 11 cities with a perfect 100% score for LGBT equality, The Leading U.S. Cities for LGBT Equality - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities.
5. Housing has also shown recovery. Described as the 9th best seller’s market nationally, Seattle ninth-best U.S. market for home sellers: Report - Puget Sound Business Journal and the 6th healthiest housing market going into 2013, The 10 Healthiest U.S. Housing Markets Going in to 2013 - Housing - The Atlantic Cities.
6. For the past year Seattle was also listed as 7th in the nation for adding private sector jobs, Seattle 7th in nation for adding private-sector jobs - Puget Sound Business Journal.
7. Finally, out of 10 cities Seattle was ranked 3rd behind Boston and San Francisco for being the smartest, The Top 10 Smartest Cities In North America | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.
The rankings are based on data tracked by the Office of Economic Development, Seattle Office of Economic Development - OED News and Data dating back to 2009. Congratulations Seattle!