King County, Washington

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King County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. The population in the 2000 census was 1,737,034, and in 2009 was an estimated 1,916,441.[1] By population, King is the most populated county in Washington, and the 14th most populated in the United States.

The county seat is Seattle, which is the state's largest city. About two-thirds of the county's population lives in the city's suburbs. King County ranks among the 100 highest-income counties in the United States.



The county was originally named after William R. King who was Vice-President when the Washington Territory was created. A motion was introduced by Ron Sims (a black Democrat from Seattle), and Bruce Laing (a white Republican from suburban Renton) to rename the county after Martin Luther King, Jr.[2] No public hearings or votes were taken on the change.[3]

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