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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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Comments | More in Demographics | Topics: Census Bureau, Explore This, language

December 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM

No gentrification in Seattle? A new study makes the case

It’s a familiar story in Seattle: Well-paid young professionals move into the neighborhood, property values and rents spike, and suddenly everything goes upscale. As the character of our neighborhoods transform — and just last week we learned that Capitol Hill’s beloved art-house cinema Harvard Exit is closing, sold off to a developer — the topic of…

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Comments | More in Reports | Topics: gentrification, poverty

November 27, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Thai food more popular than pizza in Seattle

Can you imagine a Seattle without Thai food? It may seem unthinkable today, but it wasn’t until 1981 that a Seattle Times food writer was able to announce: “Seattle finally has an authentic Thai restaurant.” Even if it took us a while to discover Thai cuisine, we’ve certainly made up for lost time. In fact, new survey data from…

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Comments | More in Demographics, Market Research | Topics: food, restaurants

November 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

As Seattle gets richer, the city’s black households get poorer

It may feel like boom times in Seattle, but at least one group is being left out: the city’s black residents. While Seattle’s median household income soared to an all-time high of $70,200 last year, wages for blacks nose-dived to $25,700 — a 13.5 percent drop from 2012. Among the 50 largest U.S. cities, Seattle…

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Comments | More in Demographics, Government Data | Topics: African-Americans, Census Bureau, income

October 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seattle is getting whiter, census finds

  I know what you’re thinking: “How could Seattle get any whiter?” Sarcasm aside, you do have a point. Seattle is very white for a large U.S. city — whiter even than Salt Lake City, believe it or not. (Tuck that fact away. It might win you some bar bets). And yet, not only could Seattle get whiter. According to new Census Bureau data, it…

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Comments | More in Demographics, Government Data | Topics: race, Race and Ethnicity, Seattle

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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