For the past 100 years, the Port of Seattle has created jobs, facilities and public spaces that benefit the community and the region economically. Beginning with acquiring privately held waterfront piers and railroad properties and transferring them to business, public and community uses, King County and areas far beyond have benefited from the port's mission of creating economic vitality.
The Port of Seattle retained Martin Associates to evaluate the economic impacts generated by the Seattle seaport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the port’s non-maritime and non-aviation tenants, based on business activity data collected in 2013-2014. The firm has conducted similar studies at more than 500 seaports and airports in North America and other parts of the world.
The 2013 economic impacts study shows that over 216,000 jobs were generated by Port activity, including over 129,000 direct jobs that generated $4.2 billion of direct wages and salaries. Businesses providing services at the Port-owned properties received $19.8 billion of revenue and generated $894 million of state and local taxes.