SeaTac, Washington

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SeaTac, Washington
City
Official seal of SeaTac, Washington
Seal
Location of SeaTac, Washington
Location of SeaTac, Washington
Coordinates: 47°26′29″N 122°17′35″W / 47.44139°N 122.29306°W / 47.44139; -122.29306
Country United States
State Washington
County King
Incorporated February 1990
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Mayor Mia Gregerson
 • Deputy mayor Tony Anderson
Area[1]
 • Total 10.21 sq mi (26.44 km2)
 • Land 10.03 sq mi (25.98 km2)
 • Water 0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)
Elevation 262 ft (80 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 26,909
 • Estimate (2014)[3] 28,126
 • Density 2,682.9/sq mi (1,035.9/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98148, 98158, 98168, 98188, 98198
Area code(s) 206
FIPS code 53-62288
GNIS feature ID 1534053[4]
Website ci.seatac.wa.us

SeaTac /ˈstæk/ or Seatac is an American city in southern King County, Washington, and an outlying suburb of Seattle, Washington. "SeaTac" is a combination of the first syllables of "Seattle" and "Tacoma."

The City of SeaTac is 10 square miles (26 km2) in area and has a population of 26,909 according to the 2010 census. The city boundaries surround the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (approximately 3 square miles (7.8 km2) in area), which is owned and operated by the Port of Seattle. The city includes the communities of Angle Lake, Bow Lake, McMicken Heights and Riverton Heights, which were established before the city's incorporation. Residents voted for incorporation on March 14, 1989,[5] and the city incorporated in February 1990.[6]

History[edit]

In 2014 Gavin Kelly of The Resolution Foundation wrote that "A generation ago SeaTac was what Americans would call a middle-class town. A jet-fueller or baggage handler could earn a decent living."[7]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Local government[edit]

SeaTac is governed by a city council which consists of seven elected councilpersons. The city "has contracted with the King County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement since incorporation in 1990."[8] Deputies assigned to SeaTac wear city uniforms and drive patrol cars marked with the city logo. There are currently 51 patrol officers, detectives, and support staff assigned full-time to the city.[9]

In January 2014 the SeaTac Fire Department entered a 20 year contract with Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority (RFA).[10][11] SeaTac's three fire stations, Station 45, 46, and 47, joined Kent's Station 73 to make up RFA's West Battalion.[12]

The Seatac Municipal Court, located within the City Hall, is a court of limited jurisdiction. The judge is authorized by the Revised Code of Washington to preside over civil infractions, traffic infractions, criminal misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor violations, and civil orders for protection.[13]

Public Works is responsible for planning, design, construction and maintenance of streets, transportation improvements, surface water utility, and solid waste and recycling programs.[14]

In 2013, voters in the city narrowly passed a minimum wage of $15 per hour for employees of airport-related businesses such as hotels, parking lots and car rental agencies. In a later appeals court decision, the $15 minimum wage was reversed for employees working entirely on Port of Seattle property within the city limits but still applies to employees of airport-related businesses in the city proper.[7] Union workshops are exempt from the $15 minimum wage.[15] However, the Washington Supreme Court in August 2015 reversed the King County Superior Court ruling, which said that SeaTac didn’t have authority to set a minimum wage at the airport. The Supreme Court rejected the argument that the wage didn't apply because the airport is owned by the Port of Seattle. The Court stated that Proposition 1 can be enforced at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport because there is no indication that it will interfere with airport operations and that federal labor law does not preempt the provision protecting workers from retaliation.[16]

Federal representation[edit]

The Riverton Heights Post Office is located in the city.[17]

The National Transportation Safety Board operates the Seattle Aviation Field Office in the city.[18]

The Federal Bureau of Prisons operates the Federal Detention Center, SeaTac in SeaTac.[19]

Economy[edit]

Alaska Airlines headquarters

The city is home to over 900 licensed businesses, nearly 80 of which are "Fortune 1000" companies. They employ nearly 40,000 employees in the City of SeaTac and generate local sales of approximately $3.7 billion.[20]

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are headquartered in the city.[21][22] Four airlines have operations at 18000 Pacific Highway South (also known as 18000 International Boulevard) in the city, including Asiana Airlines,"Contact Information". Asiana Airlines. Retrieved December 30, 2014.  – Although the address says Seattle, a search using Google Earth or Yahoo Maps will reveal that the headquarters are in SeaTac.[23] EVA Air,[24] Hainan Airlines,[25] and China Airlines.[26]

Economic development[edit]

SeaTac’s Department of Community and Economic Development was formed in early 2011 to create a one-stop permitting center, increase the level of service and assist in the facilitation of economic development by creating a more cohesive approach to real estate development and job creation. The new Department has four divisions: Economic Development, Planning, Engineering Review, and Building Services.[21] In 2013, the City of SeaTac Proposition No. 1 passed with 50.64% of the vote[27] to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.[28]

Geography[edit]

SeaTac is located at 47°26′29″N 122°17′35″W / 47.44139°N 122.29306°W / 47.44139; -122.29306 (47.441406, -122.293077).[29]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.21 square miles (26.44 km2), of which, 10.03 square miles (25.98 km2) is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) is water.[1]

Surrounding cities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 17,961
1990 22,694 26.4%
2000 25,496 12.3%
2010 26,909 5.5%
Est. 2014 28,126 [30] 4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[31][32][33]
2014 Estimate[3]

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $41,202, and the median income for a family was $47,630. Males had a median income of $34,396 versus $28,984 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,717. About 9.8% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

The most commonly spoken foreign languages in SeaTac are, in order, Spanish, Somali, and Punjabi.[34]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 26,909 people, 9,533 households, and 5,913 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,682.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,035.9/km2). There were 10,360 housing units at an average density of 1,032.9 per square mile (398.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 45.9% White, 16.8% African American, 1.5% Native American, 14.5% Asian, 3.6% Pacific Islander, 11.6% from other races, and 6.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.3% of the population.

There were 9,533 households of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.0% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.38.

The median age in the city was 34.5 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 9.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.4% male and 47.6% female.

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Highline Public Schools operates the city's public schools.

Elementary schools serving sections of the city include Bow Lake Elementary School in SeaTac,[35] Madrona Elementary School in SeaTac,[36] McMicken Heights Elementary School in SeaTac,[37] and Cedarhurst Elementary School in Burien.[38][39] Most residents are zoned to Chinook Middle School and Tyee Educational Complex in the city,[40] while some are zoned to Sylvester Middle School and Highline High School in Burien.[41]

Tyee Educational Complex houses The Academy of Citizenship and Empowerment,[42][43] and Odyssey: The Essential School.[44]

In 2004, Highline Public Schools reorganized some of its high schools, including Tyee, into having smaller programs on larger campuses.[45]

Public libraries[edit]

The King County Library System operates the Valley View Library in SeaTac.[46]

Parks and recreation[edit]

The city operates seven city parks and operates two community center facilities.[47][48]

Angle Lake Park, a 10.5-acre (42,000 m2)[citation needed] park at Angle Lake, has a barbecue area, a boat launch, a fishing pier, playground equipment, an open recreation area, swimming facilities, a stage, toilet facilities, and a spray park. In the swimming area lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.[48]

Bow Lake Park, a 4-acre (16,000 m2)[citation needed] park, consists of open space.[48]

Des Moines Creek Trail Park, consisting of 9.6 acres (39,000 m2),[49] has a paved trail for bicyclists and pedestrians; off-street parking spaces are located at the trail head.[48]

The 37-acre (150,000 m2)[citation needed] Grandview Park, an off leash dog area, has open areas, benches, fencing, a kiosk, waste receptacles, "sani-cans," and trails.[48]

The 2.5-acre (10,000 m2)[citation needed] McMicken Heights Park has an open area, playground equipment, and tennis courts.[48]

The Neighborhood Park at SeaTac Community Center has a half court basketball court a skate park, playground equipment, a picnic area, a climbing boulder, and parking.[48]

The 165-acre (0.67 km2)[citation needed] North SeaTac Park has the SeaTac Community Center, baseball, soccer (football), and softball fields, a disk golf course, an outdoor basketball court, an open area, playground equipment, a picnic shelter, toilet facilities, BMX track and paved walking trails.[48]

The 18-acre (73,000 m2)[citation needed] Sunset Park has baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, toilet facilities, and paved walking trails.[48]

The 21-acre (85,000 m2)[citation needed] Valley Ridge Park has baseball/softball fields with synthetic turf, outdoor basketball courts, a community center, a hockey court, playground equipment, a skate park, soccer fields with synthetic turf, tennis courts, toilet facilities.[48]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 29, 2015. 
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  16. ^ State Supreme Court rules: Sea-Tac’s $15-an-hour minimum wage applies to airport workers
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  32. ^ 1990 census figure enumerated prior to incorporation as SeaTac CDP.
  33. ^ Most of the census area returned under the name Valley Ridge in 1980.
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  36. ^ "Madrona Elementary". Highline Public Schools. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  37. ^ "McMicken Heights Elementary". Highline Public Schools. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Cedarhurst Elementary". Highline Public Schools. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  39. ^ Elementary Service Area Boundaries (PDF) (Map). Highline Public Schools. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Chinook Middle School". Highline Public Schools. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  41. ^ Secondary School Service Area Boundaries (PDF) (Map). Highline Public Schools. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  42. ^ "Tyee Eductional Complex". Highline Public Schools. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  43. ^ "Global Connections High School". Highline Public Schools. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  44. ^ "Odyssey: The Essential School". Highline Public Schools. Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2009. 
  45. ^ "High School Redesign" (PDF). Highline Public Schools. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  46. ^ "Valley View Library". King County Library System. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
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  49. ^ <"Facilities". City of Des Moines. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 

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