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Sunday, April 14, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific

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Seattle Center by the numbers

Operating budget in 1981: $7,582,691
Operating budget last year: $35,759,000
Amount received from city last year: $8 million
Number of full-time employees: about 300
1962 World's Fair attendance: 9.6 million
Number of annual visitors to Seattle Center now: 10 million
Number of institutions that call the Center home: 21 (from Seattle Repertory Theatre to Experience Music Project to KCTS, a public-television station)
Number of annual performances on site: more than 5,400
Number of cultural festivals yearly: 13
Percentage of King County respondents in a survey who visited the Center at least six times in 2000: 60
Percentage who had visited at least once in past 12 months: 72
Percentage of visitors who go for these reasons:
    Concert or musical: 28
    "Just walk around the grounds": 28
    Sporting event: 27
    Theater or ballet: 27
    Educational attraction: 26
    Festival: 24
    Children's or family event: 20
    Rides: 8

Source: Seattle Center; King County Residential Survey from December 2000, conducted by Elway Research (margin of error: plus or minus 5 percentage points)


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