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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

Category: Government Data
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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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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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 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Data: Seattle has third-highest rate of anti-LGBT hate crimes

Seattle enjoys a reputation as one of the most welcoming cities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people — so this statistic may come as an unpleasant surprise: Seattle had the third-highest rate of hate crimes against LGBT people among large U.S. cities in 2012, according to FBI data. For every 100,000 Seattle residents, there were three hate crimes based on…

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May 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Census: Seattle is the fastest-growing big city in the U.S.

  We’ve come a long way from the “Will the last person leaving Seattle –Turn out the lights” era of the 1970s. Last year, Seattle grew faster than any other major American city, according to population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau. From July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013, Seattle grew by 2.8 percent — the highest rate…

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January 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Income inequality: How bad is Seattle?

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At her inauguration to the Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant spoke of a divided Seattle — a city of “glittering fortunes” for corporations and the wealthy, but also a city in which the lives of the working poor and unemployed grow increasingly difficult.

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Volta, new luxury apartments in Belltown, stands in the shadow of the low-income housing project, Bell Tower. (Photo: Gene Balk/Seattle Times)

Sawant’s speech echoed the “tale of two cities” campaign theme of another newly-elected progressive politician — New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.

While the magnitude of income inequality in New York — and especially Manhattan — is notoriously bad, you don’t hear nearly as much about it in Seattle.  So how do we compare?

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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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December 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Same-sex couples now account for 1 in 6 Washington weddings

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, and her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen of West Seattle, hold the very first same-sex marriage license issued in King County on December 6, 2012.  (Photo: BETTINA HANSEN/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, and her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen of West Seattle, hold the very first same-sex marriage license issued in King County on December 6, 2012. (Photo: BETTINA HANSEN/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Today is the one-year anniversary of Washington’s same-sex marriage law.  To mark the occasion, the state Department of Health has released marriage statistics gathered from the date the law took effect — Dec. 6, 2012 — through the end of September, date of most recent available numbers.

In that time, 7,071 gay couples tied the knot. That’s 17 percent of the total 42,408 new marriages, or one out of six.

Of the same-sex marriages, 62 percent were between two women.  No  surprise, King County had the most same-sex weddings — 3,452 — followed, in order, by Clark, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties.

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