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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

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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Comments | More in Market Research | Topics: Seahawks

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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Comments | More in Demographics | Topics: children, families

December 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Explore this: Language diversity map of King County

What language do you speak when you’re at home? For one out of five Americans, it’s not English, according to the latest census data. Our interactive map below ranks every census tract in King County by the percentage of residents who don’t speak English at home. The areas in white are below the national average of 20 percent, while areas in blue are…

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Comments | More in Demographics | Topics: Census Bureau, Explore This, language

December 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM

No gentrification in Seattle? A new study makes the case

It’s a familiar story in Seattle: Well-paid young professionals move into the neighborhood, property values and rents spike, and suddenly everything goes upscale. As the character of our neighborhoods transform — and just last week we learned that Capitol Hill’s beloved art-house cinema Harvard Exit is closing, sold off to a developer — the topic of…

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Comments | More in Reports | Topics: gentrification, poverty

November 27, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Thai food more popular than pizza in Seattle

Can you imagine a Seattle without Thai food? It may seem unthinkable today, but it wasn’t until 1981 that a Seattle Times food writer was able to announce: “Seattle finally has an authentic Thai restaurant.” Even if it took us a while to discover Thai cuisine, we’ve certainly made up for lost time. In fact, new survey data from…

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Comments | More in Demographics, Market Research | Topics: food, restaurants

November 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

As Seattle gets richer, the city’s black households get poorer

It may feel like boom times in Seattle, but at least one group is being left out: the city’s black residents. While Seattle’s median household income soared to an all-time high of $70,200 last year, wages for blacks nose-dived to $25,700 — a 13.5 percent drop from 2012. Among the 50 largest U.S. cities, Seattle…

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Comments | More in Demographics, Government Data | Topics: African-Americans, Census Bureau, income

October 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seattle is getting whiter, census finds

  I know what you’re thinking: “How could Seattle get any whiter?” Sarcasm aside, you do have a point. Seattle is very white for a large U.S. city — whiter even than Salt Lake City, believe it or not. (Tuck that fact away. It might win you some bar bets). And yet, not only could Seattle get whiter. According to new Census Bureau data, it…

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Comments | More in Demographics, Government Data | Topics: race, Race and Ethnicity, Seattle

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