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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

Category: Government Data
November 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

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

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. cities, Seattle…

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October 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seattle is getting whiter, census finds

  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 data, it…

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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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