Is Seattle a racially diverse city? We certainly value the principle of diversity here. But many people would probably answer that question “No” because — let’s face it — for a big American city, Seattle is pretty white (65 percent, according to the most-recent census data). And in fact, according to a well-known measure of diversity, Seattle…More
It only took 100 years. Census data show that for the first time since 1910, Seattle is growing faster than its King County suburbs. Nobody could have guessed, back in 1910, that suburban growth would soon outpace the city’s. At that point, Seattle’s population had exploded, nearly tripling over the previous 10 years. But since then, the…More
Earlier this week, two masked men blocked a Microsoft employee shuttle on Capitol Hill, an act inspired by the recent “Google bus” protests in San Francisco. The Capitol Hill Blog reported that the men handed out fliers condemning the neighborhood’s transformation into an ”upscale yuppie playground” for tech workers, and the skyrocketing rents that are displacing less-affluent, longtime residents – in…More
With a Super Bowl title under our belt now, it’s doubtful that anyone in Seattle will care too much about our continued second-place showing: for the fourth year in a row, Seattle has been runner-up to Washington, D.C., in the annual America’s Most Literate Cities rankings. Seattle…More
A new national ranking released Tuesday on Monday gave Seattle’s public transit system the largest decline in score of any system in a major U.S. city. Transit Score, a transit system ranking tool created by the Seattle-based firm Walk Score, handed Seattle a grade of 57 out of a possible 100. That’s down from…More
A new report from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety ranks Washington as one of the 10 safest states for drivers. The group identified 15 laws that contribute to basic highway safety, and based its rankings solely on the number of these laws that have been enacted by each state. These 15 laws pertain to restrictions on…More
At her inauguration to the Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant spoke of a divided Seattle — a city of “glittering fortunes” for corporations and the wealthy, but also a city in which the lives of the working poor and unemployed grow increasingly difficult.
Sawant’s speech echoed the “tale of two cities” campaign theme of another newly-elected progressive politician — New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
While the magnitude of income inequality in New York — and especially Manhattan — is notoriously bad, you don’t hear nearly as much about it in Seattle. So how do we compare?More
When the Seahawks are winning, it seems like everyone’s a fan. The city is awash in lime-and-blue jerseys with the number 12.
But who are the true fanatics — the ones who eat, sleep and breathe Seahawks, regardless of the win-loss record?
Thanks to newly released survey data by market-research company Scarborough, we have an answer.More
Washington population in 2013 stands at 6,971,406, according to Census Bureau estimates released Monday. Since the 2010 census, the state’s population has grown by 3.7 percent — that’s the seventh fastest rate of growth among the 50 states.More