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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” —…



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…


Comments | More in Demographics | Topics: Census, king county

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…


Comments | More in Reports | Topics: Politics

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