December 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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. (more…)
September 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM
With the jackpot now up to a staggering $400 million, folks around the nation are lining up at convenience stores for their chance to guess the winning numbers.
But maybe you’re less excited about it. The odds of winning are astronomically low. And come to think of it, doesn’t it seem like we never have any Powerball jackpot winners from around here?
It seems that way for a reason: It’s true.
Since Washington began participating in the Powerball lottery in January 2010, there have been 57 jackpot winners in 26 states. Florida alone has had six winners. Iowa, half the population of Washington, has had three. And even little Rhode Island can boast of two jackpot winners.
As for Washington — not one winner so far. (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…)
April 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM
There are some rankings in which you don’t want to be No. 1.
According to a new study, the Seattle area has the largest wage gap between women and men among 50 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. The analysis, conducted by workplace-rights group National Partnership for Women & Families, found that full-time employed women in the Seattle area make just 73 cents for every dollar earned by men. That amounts to a yearly salary discrepancy of $16,346.
Following Seattle as the metro areas with the largest wage gaps are Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Detroit, respectively. A gender wage gap exists in every metro area studied, but the smallest gap measured is in the Los Angeles area, where women’s salaries are 92 percent of men’s. (more…)
March 27, 2013 at 6:30 AM
We don’t tend to think of walking around our neighborhood as a dangerous activity, but that presumption may have been thrown into question after the fatal crash on Monday in Northeast Seattle. And the fact is, pedestrian injuries and fatalities are all too common. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 46,000 pedestrians were killed in the United States between 2001 and 2010.
But how dangerous is Seattle for pedestrians compared with other areas in the United States? (more…)
March 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM
How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend? There’s plenty to do — you could catch the parade downtown, and perhaps take in the festivities at the Seattle Center. Or are you among the thousands planning to lift a pint in honor of Ireland’s patron saint — and then keep lifting them all weekend?
Let’s face it: for a lot of folks, St. Patrick’s Day is less about celebrating Irish culture and heritage and more about celebrating Irish beer and whiskey. And Seattleites can hold their own when it comes to this type of celebrating. In fact, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control, 16.9 percent of adults in the Seattle metro area say they have binged* on alcohol in the past 30 days. That pencils out to about 338,000 people from King and Snohomish counties who’ve gone on a bender in the past month. (more…)
March 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM
According to new Census Bureau estimates, 116,000 Snohomish County residents flocked south to King County for work in 2011. That ranks the Snohomish-to-King route as the 17th largest county-to-county commute flow in the nation. The number of commuters on that route grew by 12.5 percent from 2000 to 2011. Another 85,000 people also commuted to King from Pierce County.
Here’s a closer look at how people got to work in King County in 2011. Compared with the national average, the county had more than double the percentage of commuters who used public transportation or bicycles, and a 12 percent lower rate of folks who drove to work alone. Our commutes took 26.5 minutes — one minute longer than the national average.
February 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM
The Commute Seattle survey results released last week found that 3 percent of Seattleites bike to work. While that might not sound like much, it is actually one of the highest bicycle commuter rates in the nation — and it pencils out to more than 11,000 folks riding to work every day.
Also keep in mind that 3 percent is a citywide average. So naturally, some areas of Seattle outperform that number, while others lag behind. But which ones? Which neighborhoods stand out as cycling hot spots, and by how much? And which neighborhoods have the lowest rates of bike commuters?
To find out, I analyzed 2012 bike commuting estimates from data provider Experian. I used this data to create a neighborhood-by-neighborhood map of Seattle’s cycling landscape. On the map, each color-coded circle represents a city neighborhood. Mouse over the circle to see the neighborhood name and the percent of bike commuters who live there. Neighborhoods with orange and red dots exceed the 3 percent city bike commuting average. Neighborhoods with a yellow and green dot are below, or exactly at, the city average.
Where does your neighborhood rank? Is it closer to University Heights, where nearly 1 in 10 workers are pedal-powered? Or more like Pioneer Square, where nobody rides? (more…)
January 22, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Or perhaps pescetarian, flexitarian, or pollotarian?
In Seattle, alternative diets hardly seem alternative any more. And as many Seattleites have given up or reduced their meat consumption, local restaurants and other food sellers have responded to the demand. Meat-free eating options abound here, and Seattle is often ranked among the country’s best cities for vegetarians and vegans.
While we don’t know the exact number, it’s a safe bet that this city has one of the largest vegetarian and vegan populations in the U.S. But where in Seattle are they most heavily concentrated? Which neighborhood takes top honors as Seattle’s most vegetarian? (more…)
December 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM
To conservatives, gun ownership is a matter of self-reliance and self-defense. To liberals, handguns mean one thing — violence.
Conservatives believe that gun ownership is an absolute right, enshrined in the Constitution. Liberals counter that today’s easy access to guns has nothing to do with the “well regulated militia” protected by the Second Amendment.
Conservatives fear that liberals will use any means possible to legislate guns away from them. Liberals feel that conservatives will fight even the most common-sense restrictions on handguns.
There is seemingly no common ground between the two sides. And like many divisive issues, this one falls along partisan lines — pro-gun Republicans and anti-gun Democrats. This is confirmed by national survey data on gun ownership. It’s a classic red state/blue state wedge issue, much like gay marriage. (more…)
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