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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

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December 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Explore this: Language diversity map of King County

What language do you speak when you’re at home? For one out of five Americans, it’s not English, according to the latest census data. Our interactive map below ranks every census tract in King County by the percentage of residents who don’t speak English at home. The areas in white are below the national average of 20 percent, while areas in blue are…


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November 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

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

Click to enlarge 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….


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September 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yes, people do leave Seattle — and here’s where they go

Click to enlarge We all know Seattle is a boom town. As FYI Guy alerted you a few months back, Seattle has become the fastest-growing major U.S. city, based on our analysis of recent population data from the U.S. Census Bureau. You may be surprised to learn there’s been ebb along with that flow. Data released Tuesday by…


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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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March 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Census Bureau: Snohomish-to-King among nation’s largest commute flows

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…


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December 4, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Seattle Freeze: Can we blame it on the Norwegians?

The front line of Freeze? Syttende Mai parade in Ballard (Photo: HMPinnsvinet via Wikimedia Commons)

The Seattle Freeze — that unwelcoming sensation experienced by newcomers to this city — has practically become an institution. Google it and you’ll see what I mean: countless articles, blog posts, and discussion threads exist on the subject. It has its own entry on Wikipedia, and there is even a meet-up group working to defeat it, the Seattle Anti-Freeze.

If it seems like the Freeze has been around forever, you might be surprised to learn that it only dates back to around 2005. That’s the year that a Seattle Times reporter, Julia Sommerfeld, popularized the term with her pioneering article on the subject. Sommerfeld also identified some of the likely culprits for its existence which, to this day, are trotted out in any discussion of the Freeze: the gloomy weather; the socially-awkward tech workers; and — of course — the Scandinavians.

The Scandinavians? Why would anybody blame the Scandinavians for the Seattle Freeze?


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