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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

February 14, 2015 at 7:06 AM

Same-sex couples account for 1 in 6 Washington weddings

In a nod to Valentine’s Day, I asked the Washington Department of Health if they’d share a rather romantic statistic with me: Their most up-to-date numbers on same-sex marriage. They gave me a scoop: From Dec. 6, 2012 — the date our same-sex marriage law went into effect — through June 30, 2014, 11,825 gay couples were married in Washington. That…

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February 4, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Explore this: Vaccine exemption rates for every Washington school

UPDATE, FEB. 17, 2015: State Department of Health officials say that more than 300 schools in the state have failed to report immunization exemption rates 2013-2014 school year as required by law. That’s far fewer than in 2011-2012, when up to a third of the 2,648 Washington schools didn’t report. The database below is based…

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February 4, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Vaccine exemptions exceed 10% at dozens of Seattle-area schools

Whether it’s the measles outbreak at Disneyland or comments by likely presidential candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul, it seems there is vaccination news almost every day. Just last week, an infant in King County was confirmed to have the measles. As you might expect, student vaccination rates are often at the center of the issue. We…

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February 2, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Seattle’s Jewish population jumped by 70 percent, study finds

As fast as Seattle has been growing lately, the area’s Jewish population has grown even faster. A newly released study pegs the number at 63,400 — a 70 percent increase since 2001, the last time a similar study was conducted. That means the Jewish population here grew at a rate three times faster than the area’s total population in…

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January 27, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Who is the 12th Man?

Data plays a bigger-than-ever role in the way we experience televised sports — and rest assured, there will be no player stat left unturned during Sunday’s big game. But what about the fans — can we get some stats on the 12th man? You bet. I turned to the market-research firm Nielsen Scarborough, which surveys thousands of folks…

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December 28, 2014 at 8:25 PM

End of the nuclear family? Not in Seattle

Could the traditional American family be making a comeback in — of all places — Seattle? Recent census data reveal an unlikely trend: The good old nuclear family, declining across the United States, is on the rise here. Today, 70 percent of Seattle’s roughly 100,000 kids under 18 live with two married parents — a jump of 6 points from 2000. Among the…

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