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The Emerald City

As Amazon has grown over the years, it’s always been important to us to call the city of Seattle our home. We moved into South Lake Union more than ten years ago, and we’re more excited than ever to be a part of this vibrant landscape.

Our urban campus spans into downtown Seattle, and our employees love being in the heart of the city. With museums, great local food, shopping, and more just a walk – or bike ride – away, working at Amazon means the best Seattle has to offer is always right at your fingertips. In 2013, we added 420,000 square feet of new headquarters space in Seattle and broke ground on what will become four city blocks and several million square feet of new construction. It is a fact that we could have saved money by instead building in the suburbs, but for us, it was important to stay in the city. Urban campuses are much greener. Our employees are able to take advantage of existing communities and public transit infrastructure, with less dependence on cars. We’re investing in dedicated bike lanes to provide safe, pollution free, easy access to our offices. Many of our employees can live nearby, skip the commute altogether, and walk to work.

About the city

People visit Seattle for attractions like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and the Great Wheel, but the city has so much more to offer residents. With local businesses, dining options, and apartments all within walking distance, many of our employees work and live downtown.

There is a lot to explore, with a vibrant arts and theater community, acres of public parks, museums, several professional sports teams, and different outdoor activities for all seasons – like taking a day trip to hike Mount Rainier.

Did you know?

  • Seattle has a long musical history. Jazz ruled the city from 1918 to 1951, grunge music got its start here, and Jimi Hendrix, Kenny G, and Sir Mix-a-Lot were all born here.
  • Seattle has a diverse and rich food culture, including seafood, locally sourced produce, award-winning wines, and the beer brewing traditions of the Pacific Northwest.
  • The Seattle Cinerama – a movie theater that’s over 50 years old – is one of only three theaters in the world still capable of showing three-panel Cinerama films.
  • If you love coffee, this is the city for you. Seattle has more coffee shops per capita than any other city in the U.S.

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