Facts About Seattle

The Archives has compiled lists of elected and appointed officials through Seattle's history, as well as other facts about the city about which we are frequently asked. If you have a question that you don't see addressed here, you are welcome to email us at archives@seattle.gov.

Brief History of Seattle
Snapshot history of the city since the 1851 Alki landing

City Officials
Lists of elected and appointed officials throughout Seattle's history

Historical Election Results
Chronological list of results from general and special elections for city officials from 1870 to the present

Ballot Initiatives
List of initiatives that have been filed with the City Clerk since 1910

City Symbols
Information about Seattle's flag, bird, and other symbols, with links to images

Quick Information
Answers to some frequently asked questions about Seattle history, including population, land area, date of incorporation, and first ordinances