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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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July 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

The surprising places where car ownership is up in Seattle

Which is growing faster where you live – the number of people, or the number of cars? In Seattle, people have the upper hand lately. In 2013, 456,000 non-commercial passenger cars and trucks were registered in Seattle ZIP codes, according to Department of Licensing data. That represents a 4.4 percent increase from 2010. But in the same period, the 18-and-older population…

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June 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Census: Influx of young guys reverses aging trend in county

King County is suddenly looking a little younger. And more male. For more than a decade, the county’s population – like the nation’s — has been steadily aging as the boomer generation edges toward its golden years. But Census Bureau data released today show a surprising reversal in King County between 2012 and 2013. Even as the U.S. median age…

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June 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Is Seattle less liberal than you thought?

Between approving a $15 minimum wage plan and electing a socialist to our City Council, Seattle has been hogging the national spotlight when it comes to progressive issues lately. How could there be anywhere more liberal than Seattle? It turns out Seattle’s most liberal ZIP code doesn’t even crack the top 300 in the nation, according to a new ranking of U.S. ZIP codes…

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June 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

A lot of Seattle renters live alone — but maybe not for much longer

In our famously introverted city — home of the notorious “Seattle freeze” — the following statistic may not come as much of a shock: The majority of Seattle apartments — 51 percent according to the most recent census data — are occupied by a person living alone. This is unusual. Among the 100 largest U.S. cities, only Atlanta has…

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June 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Data: Seattle has third-highest rate of anti-LGBT hate crimes

Seattle enjoys a reputation as one of the most welcoming cities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people – so this statistic may come as an unpleasant surprise: Seattle had the third-highest rate of hate crimes against LGBT people among large U.S. cities in 2012, according to FBI data. For every 100,000 Seattle residents, there were three hate crimes based on…

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May 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Study: Seattle is the most LGBT-friendly city in the U.S.

June is Pride Month, and here’s some great news to kick off the celebration. A new report names Seattle the friendliest city in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. To honor this year’s Pride, personal finance website NerdWallet compiled a list of the top-20 LGBT-friendly cities. They considered three factors for their rankings: 1.    Presence of gay community,…

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May 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Census: Seattle is the fastest-growing big city in the U.S.

We’ve come a long way from the “Will the last person leaving Seattle –Turn out the lights” era of the 1970s. Last year, Seattle grew faster than any other major American city, according to population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau. From July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013, Seattle grew by 2.8 percent — the highest rate…

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