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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

Category: Government Data
February 4, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Explore this: Vaccine exemption rates for every Washington school

UPDATE, FEB. 17, 2015: State Department of Health officials say that more than 300 schools in the state have failed to report immunization exemption rates 2013-2014 school year as required by law. That’s far fewer than in 2011-2012, when up to a third of the 2,648 Washington schools didn’t report. The database below is based…


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February 4, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Vaccine exemptions exceed 10% at dozens of Seattle-area schools

Scroll down page for interactive map Whether it’s the measles outbreak at Disneyland or comments by likely presidential candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul, it seems there is vaccination news almost every day. Just last week, an infant in King County was confirmed to have the measles. As you might expect, student vaccination rates are often at…


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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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September 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Did Amazon’s growth widen the gender pay gap in Seattle?

Amazon employees fill the sidewalks at lunchtime in the South Lake Union neighborhood. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) 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…


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September 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Census: Seattle saw steepest rent hike among major U.S. cities

Click to enlarge 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…


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July 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

The surprising places where car ownership is up in Seattle

Click to open interactive map 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…


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June 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

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

Click to enlarge 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…


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May 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM

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

  The famous billboard from a period when Seattle was losing population, photographed in 1971 (Photo: Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times) 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…


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April 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Minimum wage: Is a firm with 500 employees a small business?

Business owner Dave Meinert leaving a meeting of the mayor’s panel on income-inequality (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times) The income-inequality committee led by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray failed to submit a proposal for raising the city’s minimum-wage to $15 an hour. But as reported Thursday in The Seattle Times, the committee did agree on…


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