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November 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM
Seattle is the continent’s smartest city, according to new rankings by the business magazine Fast Company. The Emerald City moved into the top spot from last year’s third-place showing.
The rankings, calculated with the help of a scoring rubric that Fast Company calls the “Smart Cities Wheel,” factor six main components of a city’s smartness: government, people, economy, mobility, and quality of life issues.
Seattle took top honors for its smart economy and smart government, and came in second behind Washington, D.C. in the smart people category. Seattle was also lauded for promoting sustainable development, fostering start-ups and attracting entrepreneurial talent.
Here is the complete list of top-10 cities:
2. Boston (tie)
2. San Francisco (tie)
4. Washington D.C.
5. New York
October 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Software engineers in the Seattle area earn an average annual base salary of $103,196, according to a new survey by Glassdoor.com. That is the second highest in the U.S. behind the San Francisco Bay area, and well above the national average of $92,790.
Seattle also ranked No. 2 in last year’s Glassdoor report.
Glassdoor found that there are 1,418 companies hiring software engineers in our region–the sixth-highest number of companies behind, in order, San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and Los Angeles.
Three of the 25 best-paying companies for software engineers are based in the Seattle metropolitan area: Amazon at No. 14, Microsoft at No. 18, and Expedia at No. 21. Other companies among the top-25 that, while not based in Seattle, maintain offices here, include Google, Twitter, Apple, Facebook and Ebay.
The best-paying company is not the best known: Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Juniper Networks, which manufactures networking equipment.
September 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM
Washington is one of the 10 best states for issues related to the well-being of women, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based liberal think tank.
The rankings were based on how well women fared in 36 factors that fell into three overarching categories: Economic security, leadership, and health.
Washington ranked 10th with an overall grade of A-. We didn’t ace any one category, but were rewarded for consistency; we ranked 11th in both economic and health issues, and 15th in leadership.
Maryland took the top spot, ahead of Hawaii and Vermont, while Louisiana edged out Utah for the distinction of being the worst state for women.
Click here to see the interactive map.
September 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM
In 2012, for the first time in decades, most Seattleites did not drive alone to work.
Cities with highest and lowest percentage of “green” commuters in 2012 (Source: Census Bureau)
As Tom Fucoloro pointed out over at the Seattle Bike Blog, new Census Bureau data show that last year, 50.8 percent of Seattle residents found some way other than driving solo to get to work. In 2011, the Census Bureau estimated the number at 46.4 percent.
In crossing the 50 percent threshold, Seattle joins a select group.
Among the 50 most populous U.S. cities, Seattle is now one of just five where the majority of workers take public transit, carpool, walk, bike, or have some means of commuting other than driving alone.
New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston are the other four cities.
At the other end of the spectrum, Wichita, Kan. had the lowest percentage of “green” commuters in 2012, at just 16 percent.
Among Washington cities with 60,000 or more residents, Seattle was the only one where more than 50 percent of commuters did not drive alone to work in 2012. The chart below shows the percentage of “green” commuters for each Washington city.
(Source: Census Bureau)
September 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM
We love our dogs in the Northwest. Here in Seattle, we’re even famous for having more dogs than kids.
Still, though, our love has its limits.
Call it a pet peeve, if you will. We may be tolerant in the Northwest, but we still want you to leave the pooch outside when you’re in a shop or cafe.
According to a new poll by PEMCO Insurance, only 9 percent of people in Western Washington and the Portland metropolitan area think pet dogs should be allowed inside stores and restaurants.
“Perhaps part of the reason many oppose dogs inside stores and restaurants is the perception that animals are less sanitary than humans, or they present a safety risk,” PEMCO spokesperson Jon Osterberg said in a statement.
Service dogs are another matter, of course; 89 percent of those surveyed welcome service animals in all establishments.
1,000 people were interviewed for the PEMCO poll–600 in Washington and 400 in the Portland area.
September 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM
How many jobs are crammed into downtown Seattle?
The area employs roughly 200,000 people — just slightly less than Bellevue and Redmond combined.
This is just one of the interesting data points included in the new Downtown Density Report published by the Downtown Seattle Association and the Metropolitan Improvement District.
Here are some other highlights:
- The population in downtown neighborhoods grew five times faster than the rest of the city from 1990 to 2010
- Downtown contributed 57 percent of the total taxes collected in Seattle in 2012
- Downtown represents just four percent of Seattle’s land area, but accounts for 41 percent of the city’s jobs
- 33 percent of downtown residents walk to work, compared with 6 percent for the rest of Seattle
September 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM
Ephrata, a city of 7,600 people in sparsely-populated Grant County, has the nation’s fastest internet speeds, according to the technology blog Gizmodo.
Why? Because Ephrata has its own fiber optics provider.
From January to July of this year, Ephrata’s average download speed measured 85.5 Mbps — the fastest out of more than 5,600 U.S. cities and towns. Kansas City, Kan. ranked second fastest, clocking in at 49.9 Mbps.
Gizmodo’s research reveals a strong correlation between income and access to high-speed internet — wealthier places tend to have faster internet.
Ephrata defies the odds, though, with a median household income of just $37,692. That’s 29 percent below the national average, according to Census Bureau data.
August 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM
Allstate Insurance released its annual “America’s Best Drivers” report today, and as usual, everyone’s eyes went straight to the bottom of the list to see which drivers are the worst.
Out of 194 cities ranked, Seattle placed in the 160th spot. We’re not quite the worst in the nation (bragging rights go to Washington, D.C.), but we edged out Portland as the worst in the Northwest.
Seattle ranked 154th last year, so we’ve actually gotten worse.
The study, based on Allstate claims data, shows Seattle drivers to be 28.8 percent more likely than the national average to get into an accident. We tend to go 7.8 years between collisions.
Boise drivers are easily the safest in the Northwest, going 13.9 years between accidents, on average; they are 28 percent less likely to have an accident than the typical American driver. In fact, Boise ranked as the 2nd safest driving city in the nation, just slightly behind Fort Collins, Colorado.
August 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM
According to a new report from the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, Seattle is the second-best performing urban area in the world for economic development.
Researchers scored 61 global cities on a wide range of criteria which were divided into four categories: talent, technology, tolerance, and quality of place. Seattle was one of just eight cities to receive an A grade, and our overall score of 87.5 was second only to Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada.
Seattle scored best in the technology and quality of place categories, receiving an A+ grade overall for both. Our worst category was tolerance, with a B+ overall grade — while we aced civil rights, we got dinged with a C in religious diversity.
July 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Forbes magazine reports that Seattle is one of the world’s 15 most inventive cities.
The ranking is based on a metric known as “patent intensity” — that is, the ratio of patent applications to the total population. The patent data, collected by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, show 4.25 patent applications for every 10,000 residents in the Seattle metropolitan area. That is the 13th highest patent intensity in the world.
The top city for patent intensity is Eindhoven, Netherlands, with 22.58 patents per 10,000 residents. San Diego, the highest-ranking U.S. city, is No. 2 overall. Other U.S. cities that made the list are San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, and Raleigh.
The United States and Europe — particularly Germany and Sweden — dominate the rankings. Surprisingly, no Japanese city made the top-15.
The complete list can be viewed here.
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