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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

Click to enlarge 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…


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December 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM

No gentrification in Seattle? A new study makes the case

Click to enlarge 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…


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June 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Is Seattle less liberal than you thought?

Click to enlarge 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….


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May 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

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

From the 2012 Seattle Pride March: Sarah Champion creates a rainbow balloon arch (Photo: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times) 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 More

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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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April 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

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

Click to enlarge 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…


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April 9, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Study: Two Wash. cities on opposite ends of U.S. obesity scale

Cyclocross riders in Bellingham burning off those calories. (Photo: MIKE MCQUAIDE / SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE TIMES) Newly released data bestow a peculiar distinction upon Washington: We’re the only state with cities ranked in the top five and the bottom five in the nation for obesity. Last week, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released…


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March 20, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Poll: Drivers say they’ll avoid I-90 tolls — but will they really?

I-90 Bridge (Photo: Mike Siegel) According to a poll released Thursday by PEMCO Insurance, more than half of area drivers — 58 percent, to be exact — say that if a toll is put into place across Lake Washington on I-90, they will drive across the bridge less often. About one-third (37 percent) specified…


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