Seattle is the northernmost and most populated city in the contiguous United States, and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and in the state of Washington. The city is named after Chief Sealth "Seattle", of the Duwamish and Suquamish native tribes. The city is a large seaport situated on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 100 miles south of the Canadian border. Seattle is the county seat of King County and is the major economic, cultural and educational center in the region. The 2010 census found that Seattle is home to 630,320 residents within a metropolitan area of some 3.4 million inhabitants. The Port of Seattle and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport are major gateways to Asia, Alaska, and the rest of the world.
Seattle is often described as a city of 'neighborhoods', each with unique characteristics and amenties within the city proper. The University of Washington is located in the "University District" located in the northeastern section of the city, bordered by Lake Washington to the east.