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A Seattle Trivia Quiz

Seattle Washington

How much do you know about Seattle Washington?

As a lifelong resident, I put together this little trivia quiz to see how much you really know about Seattle, WA. If you have never visited Seattle, or maybe even if you have, you might find some of the answers surprising!

The answers to all of the questions can be found in the sections below the quiz. For the most fun and to maximize the challenge, take the quiz first and then read some surprising facts about Seattle that even some residents don't know. There are also some tips about about some of the most popular Seattle attractions and other interesting places to go and things to see.

Don't forget to report your score (anonymously of course!) in the poll near the end.

Good luck!

How Much Do You Know About Seattle?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. How many inches of rain fall on Seattle in an average year?
    • 104
    • 53
    • 22
    • 36
    • 74
  2. What is the tallest building in Seattle?
    • Smith Tower
    • Space Needle
    • Columbia Center
    • Seattle Municipal Tower
    • Safeco Plaza
  3. Which professional major league sports teams currently call Seattle home?
    • NBA Supersonics, MLB Mariners, NFL Seahawks, MLS Sounders
    • MLB Pilots, NFL Seahawks, WNBA Storm, MLS Sounders
    • NBA Supersonics, MLB Mariners, NFL Seahawks, WNBA Storm
    • NBA Supersonics, MLB Mariners, NFL Seahawks, MLS Sounders
    • MLB Mariners, NFL Seahawks, WNBA Storm, MLS Sounders
  4. What is the Fremont Troll?
    • A sculpture of a troll installed under the Aurora Bridge
    • An area of Puget Sound just offshore of the Fremont area where it is popular to troll for salmon
    • The handle of an online commenter who posts frequently on Seattle message boards
    • A popular car cruising route in the Fremont neighborhood
    • A type of fishing gear invented by the Fremont Company in Seattle
  5. Where can you see a mummy on display in Seattle?
    • The Burke Museum
    • Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
    • Museum of History and Industry
    • Frye Museum
    • Pacific Science Center
  6. What is the Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Seattle?
    • Space Needle
    • Pioneer Square
    • Ballard Locks
    • Woodland Park Zoo
    • Pike Place Market
  7. Which of these movies were filmed in Seattle?
    • Sleepless in Seattle
    • It Happened at the World's Fair
    • The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
    • All of the above
    • None of the above
  8. What is the Montlake Cut?
    • A popular Seattle hairstyle that was created at a Seattle hairstyling salon
    • A ship canal between Lake Washington and Lake Union
    • A surgical technique developed by Dr. Montlake, a Seattle surgeon
    • A cut of jeans that is popular with University of Washington students
    • A road commonly used by locals as a shortcut between I-5 and I-90 when traffic is congested
  9. What was the approximate population of Seattle in the most recent (2010) census?
    • 610,000
    • 496,000
    • 4.2 million
    • 1.4 million
    • 2.1 million
  10. Which of the following festivals take place in Seattle each year?
    • Northwest Folklife Festival
    • Seafair
    • Bumbershoot
    • Seattle Christmas Ship Festival
    • All of the above

Answer Key

  1. 36
  2. Columbia Center
  3. MLB Mariners, NFL Seahawks, WNBA Storm, MLS Sounders
  4. A sculpture of a troll installed under the Aurora Bridge
  5. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
  6. Pike Place Market
  7. All of the above
  8. A ship canal between Lake Washington and Lake Union
  9. 610,000
  10. All of the above

Seattle Rain

#1 Seattle Weather

Does it really rain all of the time?

Seattle has what is called a temperate marine climate. The location near the Pacific coast and between two mountain ranges, the Olympics and the Cascades, makes the winters mild and the summers cool. The temperatures are ideal for enjoying outdoor activities year-round and many homes (including mine) have no air conditioning.

The Olympic Mountains and the 100 mile distance from the Pacific Ocean keep the level of rainfall much lower than places on the coast, but the clouds stack up against the Cascades to the east which creates a lot of overcast, gray days with intermittent drizzle. It surprises many people to learn that the average rainfall is only about 36 inches per year.

See the current weather in Seattle from the live Space Needle webcam.

The Tallest Building - It's the Space Needle, right?

The Seattle Skyline

The Seattle Skyline

#2 The Tallest Building in Seattle

Looks can be deceiving. Although it appears to be in many photos, the Space Needle is NOT Seattle's tallest building. The Space Needle is located at the Seattle Center which is over a mile away from the "downtown" business distict where all of the other tall buildings are located. The Space Needle appears to be the tallest building in photos because the best places to take photos of the Seattle skyline with the the Space Needle are from vantage points that put the Space Needle in the foreground making it appear taller than all of the other buildings.

The Space Needle is actually the 6th tallest building:

1. Columbia Center - 937 feet

2. 1201 Third Ave. (formerly the Washington Mutual Tower) - 772 feet

3. Two Union Square - 740 feet

4. Seattle Municipal Tower - 722 feet

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5. Safeco Plaza (1001 4th avenue)- 630 feet

6. Space Needle - 605 feet

Seattle Seahawks NFL Team

#3 Seattle Professional Sports Teams

Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders and Storm

Seattle is home to several major league sports teams including the Seattle Mariners (MLB), Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) and Seattle Storm (WNBA).

The Seattle Supersonics are no more!

Unfortunately, the Seattle Sonics (NBA) Team was sold and moved to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma Thunder.

Seattle Supersonics NBA Team

#4 The Fremont Troll

Seattle has a lot of public art, but my favorite is probably the Fremont Troll. The Troll was the winning design in a contest to create a public art object for the neglected space under the Aurora Bridge in the Fremont neighborhood. The contest was sponsored by the Fremont Arts Council in 1990. The troll was sculpted and built later that year by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead. He is 18 feet tall high, weighs two tons (1814 kg), and is made of steel rebar, wire, and concrete. He holds a real volkswagen beetle in his left hand. You can find the troll lurking under the Highway 99 bridge at North 34th Street and Troll Avenue North.

The Fremont Troll in Seattle

Seattle's Fremont Troll

Seattle's Fremont Troll

# 5 Where would you find a Mummy on Display in Seattle?

You would think that if you wanted to see a mummy, the most logical place to find one would be in one of the numerous fine museums in Seattle. Oddly enough, none are on permanent display in any Seattle museum, but two can be found on display in Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, a unique little shop on pier 54 on the waterfront.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop - Pier 54 Seattle

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop - Pier 54 Seattle

The Pike Place Market is the most popular tourist attraction in Seattle, but it is also loved and frequented by local people. It opened in 1907 and has been designated as a National Historic District. It is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers markets in the USA.

The Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market, Seattle

Pike Place Market, Seattle

Seattle City Pass

Although many things to see and do in Seattle are free, there are some places that have an admission charge. If you are planning to visit Seattle, consider purchasing a Seattle CityPASS to save a considerable amount of money on the cost of your visit to the most popular attractions.

The Seattle CityPASS contains tickets to 5 of the most popular attractions in Seattle and is valid for 9 days. The booklet includes admission to the following:

1) Space Needle - two visits

2) Seattle Aquarium

3) Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour

4) Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass

5) EMP/SciFi Museum or Woodland Park Zoo

# 7 Seattle in the Movies

The setting or location for numerous movies

Seattle's rich and colorful history and beautiful scenery have been the setting of many movies over the years. A short list of films of some of my favorite movies that were filmed at least partly in Seattle include Sleepless in Seattle, It Happened at the World's Fair, Tugboat Annie, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Cinderella Liberty, Harry and the Hendersons.

Sleepless in Seattle Movie Trailer

#8 The Montlake Cut

The Montlake Cut is part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal that was dug between Lake Washington and Lake Union to make it possible for boats to move between the two lakes. Another canal was created between Lake Union and Salmon Bay. Salmon Bay was originally part of Puget Sound. Since Puget Sound is approximately 22 feet lower than the lakes, the Hiram Chittenden (aka Ballard) Locks was built to accommodate marine traffic between the lakes and the sound.

The Lake Washington Ship Canal

How Many People in Seattle?

#9 Seattle Population

The official population of Seattle from the most recent US Census in 2010 was 608,660.

Seattle fun even if there is no sun!

#10 Festivals in Seattle

Seattle crawls out of its winter cocoon starting on Memorial Day Weekend with the annual Northwest Folklife Festival that celebrates the ethnic diversity of it's residents with music, folk dancing demonstrations, and foods from around the world. The fun continues throughout the summer, with the annual Bite of Seattle and the Seafair Celebration with street fairs, barbecues and parades in many communities.

The Seafair celebration reaches its climax the first weekend in August with the annual hydroplane races on Lake Washington. which often includes an aerial performance by the Blue Angels. The summer festival season ends with the annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival held over Labor Day weekend.

The celebrations and festivals continue through the end of the year with the Christmas Ship Festival. The parade of ships with lights and holiday decorations has been a tradition in the city for over 60 years. Several large commercial sightseeing vessels lead the flotilla and include choirs singing Christmas carols on the deck. Anyone with a boat is welcome to decorate and join in. The boats travel along the various waterways for several weeks bringing a colorful holiday tradition to people in gathering around bonfires in parks along the shore.

Scenes from a Seattle Seafair Torchlight Parade

So How Much Did You Know About Seattle?

© 2010 Vicki Green

Your comments are welcomed! - How did you do?

Naheed Ahsan on July 14, 2014:

i need to learn some more,

anonymous on June 29, 2014:

Didn't do great in the quiz but it was a fun way to learn about Seattle.

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on May 11, 2014:

Got 8 out of 10 without reading ahead; never been to Seattle, made a couple lucky guesses and the rest were from Jeopardy!

Scindhia from Chennai on May 01, 2014:

Great learning from the quiz.

norma-holt on April 29, 2014:

Well as I have never been there this quiz was great as a learning experiment. It's certainly a beautiful place and, by the way, I got 90% LOL. Well done and very enjoyable.

OUTFOXprevention1 on April 08, 2014:

I love Seattle!

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on March 28, 2014:

Hi I enjoyed reading about Seattle. I got half right, fun quiz.

JohnCumbow on March 06, 2014:

I moved to Seattle from Detroit in 1975. I now live about 50 miles north of the city, but I still love to visit Seattle as often as I can.

Charlotte Realtor on January 03, 2014:

One of my favorite cities I've visited in the US - just a gorgeous city! Before visiting, I had the idea that you surely got an inch of rain-a-day! It was perfectly lovely the entire time we were there. Great quiz!

anonymous on September 06, 2013:

Fun lens and learned a few more things about your fine city!

SamanthaHaupt on August 21, 2013:

I learned a lot - the troll was interesting! Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on August 18, 2013:

@steadytracker lm: Just my kind of town if they classify it as the "sleepy city"!

MissRubyStars on August 17, 2013:

I took the quiz and didn't do so well, But I'm an expert on Seattle trivia now thanks to you! Glad to know the fremont troll is just a statue. I was very curious to find out what is was when that trivia question came up!

steadytracker lm on August 15, 2013:

Very interesting and informative lens on the sleepy city.

TanoCalvenoa on August 14, 2013:

I'd never heard of the troll, very funny. Good quiz.

Andrew4M on August 09, 2013:

I liked the quiz.

Torrs13 on July 28, 2013:

I lived in Seattle for a summer and I remember that the rain was misty a lot of the time rather than a complete downpour. The weather was a bit too chilly for me, but the trees and land were definitely a beautiful sight to see.

LoriBeninger on July 23, 2013:

You have a beautiful city...too bad I know (or, rather, knew) so little about it! Thank you for this.

cgeertsc on July 08, 2013:

Don't know much about seattle

goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on May 25, 2013:

We were in Seattle once when the younger half of Goldenrulecomics was a toddler. we'd like to visit again someday!

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on April 24, 2013:

I lived in Washington for a while

ian-patrick-716 on April 17, 2013:

only 4 sorry seattle

L Olson from Northern Arizona on April 14, 2013:

I grew up in Seattle, and will never forget going to the Ye Old Curiosity Shope, seeing the mummby and those little pieces of rice with the Lords Prayer inscribed on them! Haha..what fun. I don't miss the rain, tho!

ohcaroline on March 03, 2013:

I only got 2 right. Can't believe it. Excellent quiz.

anonymous on February 25, 2013:

I love Seattle. Now I love it even more for our next visit. Thanks for a great lens.

TopReviews2u on February 06, 2013:

Hi Vicki, Great lens. I've never been to Seattle but have friends who live there. Will send them off your lens link to see how much they know about Seattle!

saludsalud on January 31, 2013:

nice lense

CampingmanNW on January 30, 2013:

I love Seattle and have visited there many times. Pike Market is always on the agenda and sometimes the ferry to Vancouver. A fun city, Thanks for a great lens

myspace9 on January 04, 2013:

Enjoyed your lens, well done.

mrdata on January 04, 2013:

Great thanks! Very well done! I aced the quiz :)

Takkhis on January 02, 2013:

Enjoyed your lens.

myspace9 on November 29, 2012:

Good lens.

Ahdilarum on September 19, 2012:

If you have kept quiz module at the bottom, I would have scored 10/10, now I scored only 3/10

VspaBotanicals on September 16, 2012:

This is one city on my list that i'd love to visit. Thank you for this lens!

swatisingh lm on August 28, 2012:


BalkanMarko on August 20, 2012:

Thank you for this introducing to Seattle.

Dana Marie from St. Peters, MO on August 11, 2012:

5/10 :) Hope to visit some day

VspaBotanicals on August 11, 2012:

this quiz makes me want to visit Seattle

OrlandoTipster on July 30, 2012:


Think Seattle is very nice city

Hope to visit one day

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on July 24, 2012:

I didn't know as much as I thought and I've lived near there and used to work there for over 20 years now. :)

anonymous on July 19, 2012:

I love Seattle

Timsmansmall on July 16, 2012:

Interesting lens.

Deadicated LM on July 14, 2012:

Cool Lens and Quiz.

BowWowBear on July 11, 2012:

Honeymooned here. Fun lens!

Sara Krentz from USA on June 19, 2012:

I missed one - thought the space needle was the tallest. We did the Scavenger Dash in Seattle. Wonderful city, wonderful lens!

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on June 01, 2012:

Clearly, I have not spent enough time in Seattle! I only got four of the ten questions right on your quiz. But it was fun to see what I knew and didn't know. The troll is totally new to me. I've been fortunate to visit the city more times than not when the weather was sunny and warm, and I have some fond memories there.

Kara Hara on May 27, 2012:

7/10. Thanks for the fun quiz

Roberto Eldrum on May 09, 2012:

I would love to visit Seattle one day, especially when I saw it in Twilight Eclipse. Thank you for this overview of Seattle. I won't miss Ye Olde Curiosity shop when I visit Seattle.

anonymous on May 03, 2012:

Yes and I really learned a lot by taking this quiz! Thanks!

Kathryn Wallace from Greenbank, WA, USA on April 27, 2012:

Tallest building, amount of rainfall, population...all wrong...shame on me! but a fun quiz, thanks! And a super pic of Ichiro <3

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on April 14, 2012:

I missed the tallest building in Seattle. No excuses for me. I should have known that one too!

esvoytko lm on February 24, 2012:

I got an 80 percent...I only missed the tallest building question because I didn't know the official name of the BoA tower. Now I do!

Johanna Eisler on January 29, 2012:

I knew almost nothing, but you taught us a lot! :)

BusinessSarah on January 09, 2012:

Awww man, I just god hosed on your mummies question -- but technically, I'm right, since the King Tut exhibit I completely missed at the MN science museum is coming to the Pacific Science Center, part of why my fiancé and I decided to make Seattle our honeymoon destination! (Of course, I straight up failed a lot of the rest of the quiz -- guess I have some research to do before the big event!)

Jim Sterling from Franklin, Tennessee on October 17, 2011:

I left in '85, much has changed. Thanks for the great quiz.

anonymous on September 22, 2011:

i live here and still struggled... i guess you never do the tourist things when you actually live in a place

dnmarket on September 16, 2011:

I have been here and just forgot some of the facts.

David Gardner from San Francisco Bay Area, California on September 05, 2011:

Wow... I blew it on the test. I'll have to go up there and study a bit. ;-)

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on June 23, 2011:

I did very well, thanks to your article and one famous person from Seattle who also popularised this interesting city: Frasier Crane. As an NBA fan I also believe the franchise was officially called Seattle SuperSonics (name Sonics was commonly used). All the best from another beautiful city: Ljubljana, Slovenia:)

pimbels lm on June 15, 2011:

3/10 I have never been to Seattle. Maybe someday, who knows. I liked the quiz very much, thank you.

golfspice on June 14, 2011:

Really enjoyable lens. Despite my love of watching "Frasier" on tv, I only got 3 questions right. I felt cheated by the Sonics moving!

If I ever visit Seattle, Pike Place Market sounds good.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on April 04, 2011:

6/10 feels pretty good since I've only visited two times and that was 10+ years ago -- but I loved it!

Bella Stella on April 04, 2011:

I like this lens! Honestly, I was totally uninformed about Seattleâ¦. After the 0% correct answers of the quiz, I am ashamed about my knowledge⦠ï

I am currently trying to complete a project with the museums of Greece. I would appreciate it if you stopped there for a while leaving your opinion comments and it would be very important for me if you liked it. Here is my lens .

anonymous on April 03, 2011:

I have been to Seattle and it is a beautiful city surrounded with ocean and lake. The Space needle is a must see, it made me dizzy seeing the city from such a height, everything looked so tiny.

anonymous on March 31, 2011:

Seven out of ten ain't bad, but, hey, I'm a resident of Washington state, not a tourist (lol).=D Nice lens.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on March 17, 2011:

Fun quiz...blessed and added to my United States Travel Angel lens.

jackieb99 on March 08, 2011:

I know very little apparently!

CoolFoto on February 25, 2011:

Great quiz! I have visited Seattle 3x and only got 2 answers right! Blessed by neighborhood Travel Angel and added to .

anonymous on February 23, 2011:

Great looking lens

AnnsHomeDecor on February 21, 2011:

I have never been to Seattle. Looks like a very nice place to visit.

anonymous on February 19, 2011:

I now know 50% more about Seattle than I did just a few minutes ago, thanks to you! Very nicely done, this isn't just another quiz, its love!

beerhead on February 01, 2011:

Never have been to seattle but it is one of the places I have always wanted to visit. Great lens!!

dc64 lm on January 21, 2011:

I didn't know much about Seattle, except that it was the city setting for the sitcom Frasier. (Great show, I own the DVDs) Your lens makes me want to visit the city and take a trip up the Space Needle. I'm getting the willies just thinking about it.

MargoPArrowsmith on January 17, 2011:

Looks like a great place to visit

HubLens Admin on December 21, 2010:

Seattle is an unforgettable city for travelers. Thanks for the quiz; there is much to learn.

TheLeftFitz on December 13, 2010:

I've been there twice & only got 5 correct! Guess I need to make a few more trips up there :)

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on November 14, 2010:

I enjoyed that. Amazed to get Five right, not bad for a Brit.

Charlystoybox on November 08, 2010:

Great Lense on Seattle! I know three things about the rains a has the awesome space needle and the movie Sleeepless in Seattle...thanks to you I know much more!

jgelien on November 04, 2010:

I got 90% because I didn't read question #6 carefully. Drat! I want to see the troll next time I visit Seattle. I never knew he was there. Fun and informative lens.

dessertlover on October 18, 2010:

Interesting lens! I learned a lot here, thanks for sharing!

stacy mcdaniel on October 11, 2010:

Fun Quiz! I made 40%. The Space Needle looks like an awesome place. I would love to visit Seattle someday.

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on October 05, 2010:

Well, at least I was honest -- I only got 3 correct, but then I looked for the info after taking the test and figure the quiz is actually a pretty good way to make some of those "facts" stick better. Thanks for the info. Nice lens!

Barbara Radisavljevic from Paso Robles, CA on October 01, 2010:

I got 100% but would have flunked had I not read the lens below the quiz. What a great way to get people to read the entire lens! I was kicking myself for not having seen the troll under the bridge in Seattle when I was there, only to discover that it wasn't there yet during the time we lived in the area in 1988.

jolou on September 21, 2010:

I live close to Seattle, and have two friends there and visit quite often. I should have done better, but learned several new things about your great city!

Bus Stop Toy Shop on September 17, 2010:

Guess I don't know enough about Seattle - (yet) another entry on the 'places to visit' list.

Yvonne L B from Covington, LA on September 12, 2010:

I've always wanted to visit Seattle... maybe someday.

SparkleNZ on May 05, 2010:

Great lens on seattle! I know very little about the city but intend to visit one day to visit a dear friend who lives there and also to explore old haunts of Betty Macdonald (Egg And I fame). One day! :-)

Vicki Green (author) from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on May 04, 2010:

@Webcodes LM: Thanks for the suggestion!

Webcodes LM on May 03, 2010:

Wonderful Seattle lens! I think maybe Starbucks deserves a mention. 5*.

Vicki Green (author) from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on May 03, 2010:

@myraggededge: Thank you!

myraggededge on May 02, 2010:

Great quiz. I have to confess to only 5 out of 10... my excuse is that I'm from the UK and have no knowledge of Seattle other than what I've seen in the movies! Blessed :-)

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