No, it's not your imagination. Seattle is rapidly growing and it shows no signs of slowing down. Everyone has noticed the downtown skyline filling up with cranes. According to the Downtown Seattle Association, in 2016 there were more cranes in downtown Seattle than in San Francisco and New York City… combined! Downtown Seattle has added more than 14,000 apartments and condos since 2010. And there are another 6,000 currently under construction that are expected to be finished within the next 12 months. (full report here).
In a study by Lending Tree, Seattle is listed as one of the American communities that changed the most. And the reasons are fairly obvious. Large tech companies continue to expand here. Amazon, Facebook, Tableau, Zillow and a host of other technology companies are grabbing up office space in Seattle at an aggressive pace. Other tech companies like Oracle, Alibaba, Apple, Dropbox, and HP are just starting to move in, virtually assuring us that rapid growth is going to continue for the near future.