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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

Category: Demographics
March 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Census: King County booming, but some state counties dying off

You might call it a “tale of two states.” According to estimates released on Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, King County enjoyed remarkable population growth for the year ending July 1, 2013, ranking among the top four large counties in the nation for both the rate at which it added new residents and for the…


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March 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

With new diversity, Bellevue defies its “Blah-vue” image

If you had to guess, which of these two neighborhoods would you say is the more racially diverse: Capitol Hill’s hip, edgy Pike/Pine — or Bellevue’s BMW-filled, mall-packed downtown? If that setup didn’t make it completely obvious, the “surprise” answer is: downtown Bellevue. In fact, according to a well-known measure of diversity, Bellevue, overall, is a…


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March 6, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Think Seattle isn’t diverse? Take a closer look

Is Seattle a racially diverse city? We certainly value the principle of diversity here.  But many people would probably answer that question “No” because — let’s face it — for a big American city, Seattle is pretty white (65 percent, according to the most-recent census data). And in fact, according to a well-known measure of diversity, Seattle…


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February 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seattle growing faster than suburbs, first time in 100 years

It only took 100 years. Census data show that for the first time since 1910, Seattle is growing faster than its King County suburbs. Nobody could have guessed, back in 1910, that suburban growth would soon outpace the city’s. At that point, Seattle’s population had exploded, nearly tripling over the previous 10 years. But since then, the…


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February 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

‘Yuppie playgrounds’? Where gentrification is hottest in Seattle

Earlier this week, two masked men blocked a Microsoft employee shuttle on Capitol Hill, an act inspired by the recent “Google bus” protests in San Francisco. The Capitol Hill Blog reported that the men handed out fliers condemning the neighborhood’s transformation into an ”upscale yuppie playground” for tech workers, and the skyrocketing rents that are displacing less-affluent, longtime residents – in…


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December 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Census surprise: Seattle the most affordable big city for renters

Units at the new Nolo Apartments in Pioneer Square average $2,200 per month

High rents in Pioneer Square: Units at the new Nolo Apartments average $2,200 per month (Photo: Nolo Apartments)

How bad is the plight of the Seattle renter?

As reported in The Seattle Times, spiking rents have forced many tenants out of their neighborhoods, or out of the city altogether.

But as dire as the rental situation is here, new data suggest that it could be much worse.   In fact, according to a commonly-used indicator of affordability, renters in Seattle are faring better than those in any other major U.S. city.


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December 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Who voted for socialist Sawant: Income map has some surprises

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Did the Seattle City Council race between incumbent Richard Conlin and challenger Kshama Sawant reveal a deep fissure between rich and poor in Seattle?

Looking at a map of the election results, it certainly seems to tell a “Tale of Two Cities,” as The Stranger called it.   Conlin, considered the establishment candidate, handily won nearly all the well-heeled waterfront neighborhoods, while the socialist Sawant ran strong in Seattle’s less-wealthy interior.

But just how close was this correlation between election results and the wealth gap?


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November 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Bellevue ranked among nation’s top hipster hot spots

Bellevue College in the newly hip 98007 zip code (Photo: KEN LAMBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Bellevue College in the newly hip 98007 ZIP code (Photo: KEN LAMBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Capitol Hill is so five-years-ago. Ballard?  Over.  No, the skinny-jeans crowd has moved on to…Bellevue.

That’s if we’re to believe the real-estate data firm RealtyTrac, which placed Bellevue’s 98007 — home to Bellevue College — among the top-10 up-and-coming hipster ZIP codes in the U.S.

Yes, seriously.

The data crunchers at RealtyTrac went looking for nascent hipster neighborhoods in order to identify the best areas for real-estate investment. Apparently, hipsters are great for property values: “Thanks to an influx of trendy restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other amenities,” RealtyTrac’s news release says, “a neighborhood branded as hipster is likely to see  property values and rental rates rise while vacancies and foreclosures decline.”


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September 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Seattle overtakes San Francisco as No.1 city for gay couples


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Move over, San Francisco.

Seattle now has the highest concentration of gay-couple households among America’s large cities.

Recently-released estimates from the Census Bureau show that in 2012, 2.6 percent of Seattle households were gay couples.  That is the highest percentage among the 50 most populous cities in the United States.

San Francisco, which had held the top spot since the Census Bureau began counting same-sex couples in 2000, ranked second with 2.5 percent of all households.

It’s a sharp reversal from previous census estimates.  In 2011, San Francisco had 2.4 percent gay-couple households to Seattle’s 1.7.

We are still No. 2 to San Francisco, however, for the percentage of gay-male households.  But Seattle claimed the top city for the percentage of lesbian couples by a relatively wide margin.  With lesbian couples making up 1.2 percent of households in 2012, Seattle was the only large city to exceed 1 percent.


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September 6, 2013 at 9:24 AM

More Portland expats moving to Seattle

Pioneer Square, Portland (Photo: Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland (Photo: Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

Think the Seattle-Portland rivalry is limited to Major League Soccer?

Think again.

From food trucks to record stores to hipsters, we’re competitive about almost anything. And who can resist an occasional Portland vs. Seattle smackdown?

But forget the petty squabbling. Ultimately, it all boils down to one simple question: where would you rather live — Seattle or Portland? And on that front, Seattle has been on a winning streak.


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