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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

April 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Report: Seattle ranks No. 2 for cyclist and pedestrian safety

Considering the amount of behind-the-wheel texting and mobile phone calling we see every day in this city, the following may come as a surprise: Among large U.S. cities, Seattle has the second-lowest fatality rate for pedestrians and cyclists, according to a new report. The 2014 Benchmarking Report, released this week by the…


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April 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Rehab counselor? Some jobs stand out in Wash. city statistics

Here in the barony of Boeing, Seattle can boast the highest concentration of aerospace jobs compared with any other metro area in the land. But what of other cities in our state? What occupations best characterize them? Answers can be gleaned from last week’s release of the 2013 “Occupational Employment Statistics” by the Bureau of Labor…



March 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Census: King County booming, but some state counties dying off

You might call it a “tale of two states.” According to estimates released on Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, King County enjoyed remarkable population growth for the year ending July 1, 2013, ranking among the top four large counties in the nation for both the rate at which it added new residents and for the…


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March 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

With new diversity, Bellevue defies its “Blah-vue” image

If you had to guess, which of these two neighborhoods would you say is the more racially diverse: Capitol Hill’s hip, edgy Pike/Pine — or Bellevue’s BMW-filled, mall-packed downtown? If that setup didn’t make it completely obvious, the “surprise” answer is: downtown Bellevue. In fact, according to a well-known measure of diversity, Bellevue, overall, is a…


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March 6, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Think Seattle isn’t diverse? Take a closer look

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…


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February 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seattle growing faster than suburbs, first time in 100 years

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…


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February 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

‘Yuppie playgrounds’? Where gentrification is hottest in Seattle

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…


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