The elevation of a town, city, monument, mountain, or other key location around the world tells us how high it is in relation to sea level and can be a very important geographical statistic for a variety of reasons. Measuring elevation in Seattle is challenging as the city has some places that are much higher up than others. The highest point in the city of Seattle has an elevation of 520 feet (158 m), while the lowest point is out on the water, which has the same elevation as sea level. The average elevation of Seattle is generally calculated to be around 170 feet (52 m).
Many major cities around the United States, especially those that are situated in coastal locations like Seattle, tend to have quite low elevations as they're so near the sea. This is true of places like New York City and Los Angeles for example. Back in the state of Washington, the highest town is Waterville, located in Douglas County and sitting at an elevation of 2,622 feet (799 m), and the state itself has a mean elevation of 1,700 feet (520 m), so Seattle's elevation is much lower than the state average.
The highest point in all of Washington State is Mount Rainier, which is the highest mountain in the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest and has an elevation of 14,417 feet (4,394 m). The lowest point in the state of Washington is technically the Pacific Ocean, which is at sea level. Other major cities in the state include Spokane, which has an elevation of 1,843 feet (562 m), Tacoma, which has an elevation of 243 feet (74 m), and Vancouver, which has an elevation of 171 feet (52 m). Compared to all of these cities Seattle has a lower elevation on average.
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