November 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM
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.
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.” (more…)
September 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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. (more…)
September 6, 2013 at 9:24 AM
Think the Seattle-Portland rivalry is limited to Major League Soccer?
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. (more…)
August 15, 2013 at 2:11 PM
Move over, Amazonians. There’s a new group in town staking claim to Seattle’s trendiest neighborhoods — and they’re the same age as your parents.
Welcome the baby boomers.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in Seattle and a few other cities, realtors and developers have noticed a new trend: There’s been an uptick in boomer-age folks buying high-end condos in hip, urban neighborhoods — areas typically populated by a much younger demographic.
But the boomers want in. (more…)
July 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM
For proudly progressive Seattle, the news was a bombshell.
A report released in April revealed that our metropolitan area has the widest gender pay gap in the country. Women here earn 73 cents for every dollar earned by men.
Response has been swift. The Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn have taken steps to address wage inequality among city employees. Councilmember Jean Godden plans to introduce legislation to remedy the gender pay gap citywide. And candidates in the upcoming Seattle mayoral election were even questioned about the issue in one recent debate.
The city of Seattle has certainly taken its last-place ranking to heart, so this may come as a surprise to many Seattleites: The city did not, in fact, rank last.
The report on gender pay looked at the 50 largest metropolitan areas — not cities — and it is the Seattle metro that ranked last. The Seattle metro encompasses all of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. It includes the cities of Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett and all the rest. With a population of 3.5 million, it is a much larger area than just Seattle.
July 11, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Starting over in a new city is stressful, even more so if you don’t have friends there already. You have a million questions — who can you turn to for recommendations and advice?
For anyone moving to Seattle and needing information, one great resource is Reddit, the online social media community. Seattle has one of the most active city “sub-reddits,” and newcomers often post questions for locals about life in the Emerald City.
This week, one couple who are in the process of relocating to Seattle posed an unexpected question to the Reddit community. The couple asked for help finding a neighborhood where they won’t have to deal with kids: (more…)
July 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM
America’s love affair with the automobile may have finally hit a dead end, according to a recent article in The New York Times. It’s a bold claim, but the data back it up.
The number of miles driven in the United States peaked in 2005 and has been steadily declining since.
In particular, younger people have turned their backs on the car. They are much less likely to get a driver’s license than previous generations, and they don’t romanticize automobiles in the way that their parents did. Their love affair is with smart phones, not cars.
Is there evidence of this trend at the local level? (more…)
June 12, 2013 at 11:20 PM
New census data show that racial and ethnic minorities have grown faster than the white population in Washington since 2010.
Non-Hispanic whites declined from 72.7 percent of the state’s total population in 2010 to 71.6 percent in 2012, according to the census. (more…)
June 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM
This may come as unwelcome news to voters in other parts of Washington: King County has even more weight to throw around in statewide elections now.
The county’s share of Washington’s population rose from 28.7 percent in 2010 to 29.1 percent in 2012, according to recently released data from the Census Bureau.
Not only has King County increased its presence in Washington — it’s also crossed a major population threshold: the county hit the two-million mark in 2012. (more…)
June 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM
If Microsoft’s sprawling, 125-building campus in Redmond seems like a city unto itself, that’s because it almost is.
As the cubicle-dwellers arrive each morning, Redmond’s population bulges to more than twice its size. In fact, newly-released Census data show that Redmond has the greatest spike in daytime population due to commuters, measured by percent increase, among all U.S. places with at least 50,000 residents. (more…)
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