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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

Category: Reports
February 2, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Seattle’s Jewish population jumped by 70 percent, study finds

As fast as Seattle has been growing lately, the area’s Jewish population has grown even faster. A newly released study pegs the number at 63,400 — a 70 percent increase since 2001, the last time a similar study was conducted. That means the Jewish population here grew at a rate three times faster than the area’s total population in…


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December 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM

No gentrification in Seattle? A new study makes the case

It’s a familiar story in Seattle: Well-paid young professionals move into the neighborhood, property values and rents spike, and suddenly everything goes upscale. As the character of our neighborhoods transform — and just last week we learned that Capitol Hill’s beloved art-house cinema Harvard Exit is closing, sold off to a developer — the topic of…


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June 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Is Seattle less liberal than you thought?

Between approving a $15 minimum wage plan and electing a socialist to our City Council, Seattle has been hogging the national spotlight when it comes to progressive issues lately. How could there be anywhere more liberal than Seattle? It turns out Seattle’s most liberal ZIP code doesn’t even crack the top 300 in the nation, according to a new ranking of U.S. ZIP codes…


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May 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Study: Seattle is the most LGBT-friendly city in the U.S.

June is Pride Month, and here’s some great news to kick off the celebration. A new report names Seattle the friendliest city in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. To honor this year’s Pride, personal finance website NerdWallet compiled a list of the top-20 LGBT-friendly cities. They considered three factors for their rankings: 1.    Presence of gay community,…


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April 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Report: Seattle ranks No. 2 for cyclist and pedestrian safety

Considering the amount of behind-the-wheel texting and mobile phone calling we see every day in this city, the following may come as a surprise: Among large U.S. cities, Seattle has the second-lowest fatality rate for pedestrians and cyclists, according to a new report. The 2014 Benchmarking Report, released this week by the…


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