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October 6, 2014 at 6:33 PM

As Seattle incomes soar, gap grows between rich and poor

It seems like an inevitable topic of conversations these days: When did Seattle become a city for rich people? We all know about the skyrocketing housing costs that are pricing some folks out of Seattle. But you’ve probably also noticed how all those new apartment buildings — the ones where studios rent for $1,600 — fill up with tenants…


Comments | More in Demographics | Topics: Census, income, income inequality

September 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Did Amazon’s growth widen the gender pay gap in Seattle?

We’ve got some good news, and some bad news. First the good news: Guys in Seattle are making bank. Data released last week by the Census Bureau show that the median earnings for Seattle men who work full-time increased by $7,000 between 2012 and 2013 — a 12 percent jump in just one year. That ranks as the heftiest rise in pay for men in any major U.S. city. And…


Comments | More in Demographics, Government Data | Topics: Census, gender, income

September 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Census: Seattle saw steepest rent hike among major U.S. cities

Seattle apartment-dwellers: You thought your rent was high — well, you’re right. Data released Thursday by the Census Bureau rank Seattle — for the first time — among the 10 most-expensive cities for renters. To achieve that dubious honor, we had to claw our way past Oakland and Long Beach, Calif., on the list of high-priced places to live. So how’d we do…


Comments | More in Demographics, Government Data | Topics: apartments, Census, Renters

September 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yes, people do leave Seattle — and here’s where they go

We all know Seattle is a boom town. As FYI Guy alerted you a few months back, Seattle has become the fastest-growing major U.S. city, based on our analysis of recent population data from the U.S. Census Bureau. You may be surprised to learn there’s been ebb along with that flow. Data released Tuesday by the moving…


Comments | More in Demographics, Market Research | Topics: Census Bureau, migration

August 14, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Seattle’s most desirable areas losing single-family homes

Looking to buy a house in Seattle? Prepare for battle. In sought-after neighborhoods, bidding wars are commonplace and have pushed the city’s median home price past its 2007 peak, The Seattle Times reported last week. Demand is high but inventory is low — and it’s not just because people who already own homes aren’t moving. Since…


Comments | More in Demographics | Topics: housing

July 31, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Map: Is Seattle’s ‘gayborhood’ vanishing?

In 1994, when Roddy Lindquist moved from Kent to the gay enclave of Capitol Hill, he didn’t even consider living anywhere else. “I wanted to be able to walk down the street holding my boyfriend’s hand,” he says. “Capitol Hill was the only place you could do that without getting harassed.” But after nearly 20 years in the neighborhood,…


Comments | More in Demographics | Topics: Capitol Hill, gay, LGBT

July 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Interactive map: What your neighborhood says about you

The Nielsen Company just might know more about your neighbors than you do. The market-research giant can look at any neighborhood in America and — using a system of 66 demographic categories that they’ve developed — tell all sorts of things about the folks who live there. If you reside on Capitol Hill, for example, it’s likely you’re a “Bohemian Mix” —…



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