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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 11, 2015 at 3:29 PM

Explore this: What time does your neighborhood leave for work?

See interactive map below (Map: Garland Potts/The Seattle Times When you’re stuck in a typical Seattle bumper-to-bumper morning commute, it can seem like every single person in the area must leave for work at precisely the same time. That’s not too far off. Nearly half of King County workers — 46 percent, to be exact —…


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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

Scroll down page for interactive map 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…


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February 2, 2015 at 1:41 PM

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

Click to enlarge 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…


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January 27, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Who is the 12th Man?

Seahawks fans show their spirit at least year’s Super Bowl Media Day at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (Photo: John Lok) 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 —…


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December 28, 2014 at 8:25 PM

End of the nuclear family? Not in Seattle

A Seattle nuclear family of the 1950s (Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives, Item No: 31160) 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…


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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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