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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

Category: Demographics
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 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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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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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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November 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

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

Click to enlarge 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….


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October 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seattle is getting whiter, census finds

Click to enlarge   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…


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