City Guide
MBA in Seattle

Seattle, Washington, in the US Pacific Northwest, is the pre-eminent alternative city, the birthplace of alternative rock, where Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam emerged and the place where Starbucks first brought European coffee culture to America. In addition, it’s an alternative Silicon Valley, where Amazon and Microsoft first came to life.

Known as the Emerald City, Seattle is picture-perfect and there’s nowhere better to get a view than the iconic Space Needle observation deck, a hallmark of the 1962 World’s Fair. This lovely city will charm aspiring MBAs, who want to be in a progressive place, rich with opportunities and ripe with resources.  

The interesting economy is another draw. Business in the state is a good mix of more established industrial companies such as Boeing and new, innovative technology and green firms. Big name employers and innovation make the city a good fit for hungry MBAs.

In 2017, the website Wallet Hub ranked Washington as the top state in the United States for its economy. The calculation included factors such as the number of patents filed, available technology jobs, gross domestic product, and exports per capital. Seattle greatly contributed to that result. So, it’s no wonder the city, which is located on the Puget Sound, is like a siren for MBA aspirants.