SEATTLE is experiencing a boom in both population and real estate prices as young tech companies and their employees attempt to escape the high prices of Silicon Valley. With massive companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, and Amazon already calling Seattle home, the city is growing quickly, and for good reason. It ranks ninth on the Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers list, and its clean and attractive downtown neighborhood helps add to the high quality of life Seattleites enjoy.

Seattle’s impressive skyline and dramatic storms also make it popular among photographers. Here we’ve collected some of our favorite images that prove Seattle is one of the most impressive cities in the United States.

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By Matt Mitgang

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By Joel Schat

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By Eddie Murdock

By Vijay Chebium

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By Tyson Poeckh

By Siddhartha Saha

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By Dave Prill

By Jeremy Jonkman

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By Mo Aoun Photo

By Gabriel Tompkins

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By Ross Bretherton

By Matt Sahli

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By Kenneth Lane

Seattle Lightning Storm by Kenneth Lane on 500px

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By Anthony May

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By Derek Kind