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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

Category: Government Data
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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November 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Seattle has lowest rate of unwed motherhood among U.S. big cities

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If you had to pick one U.S. state that has the least in common with Seattle, Utah would be as good a choice as any.

Utah is as conservative as Seattle is liberal. While Utah voters are considered the most Republican in the nation, here in Seattle it appears we just elected a socialist to our City Council.

And Utah is famously religious — second only to Mississippi for the percentage of pious residents, according to a Gallup poll.  Seattle, in contrast, ranks in the top-three most secular U.S. places in a recent survey of religious affiliation.

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September 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Why Washingtonians don’t win Powerball

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powerballBought a Powerball ticket yet?

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.

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