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Regional Forecast Shows High Demand for Future Housing

April 30, 2008 by  
Filed under ALL CONDOS

With an average annual rate of 1.8% growth between 1970 and 2000, the central Puget Sound region is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas when compared to an average of 1.1% growth rate for the rest of the nation.  Regional forecasts by the Puget Sound Regional Council expect the area to grow by an additional 1.7 million more people between 2000 and 2040 which will equate to approximately 5 million persons.  Currently, King County represents over 50% of the region’s current population.  Additionally, the entire region’s population is on average wealthier than the majority of other areas in the nation.  This has already caused a struggle for lower- and middle-income households.

During 1970 and 1980, figures show 324,000 jobs were added, and 386,000 between 1990 and 2000.  The large increase in speculated population is due to an additional forecast which reports that 324,000 jobs were added between 1980 and 1990 and 386,000 between 1990 and 2000.  Following that trend we can expect an additional 1.2 million jobs between 2000 and 2040.  By 2040, the regional job base is estimated to show over 3.1 million workers.

job and population growth

With a decline in average household size, future population growth will require 1 new home for each 1.77 additional persons.  With the expected increase of 1.7 million additional persons between 2000 and 2040, the region will need to construct another 1 million new housing units by 2040.  This also means that all regions will need to accommodate to this growth one way or another.

Because the cost of building new or expanded infrastructures are more costly in undeveloped areas, we can expect that the majority of growth will happen in more dense areas such as the city’s urban core.

Featured Link 001 – ZipCodeStats.com

January 22, 2008 by  
Filed under MISC

Every once in awhile, we come across extremely useful links that help not only buyers and sellers, but also ourselves as Realtors. From now on, we’ll be featuring the best links to outside websites that we use for servicing our clients needs. Here’s the 1st one…

ZipCodeStats.com

ZipCodeStats.com is a collected and analyzed data source that provides in-depth and interesting profiles of all U.S. cities. Not only is ZipCodeFacts.com great for quick information, it has over 4 million pages of detailed statistics about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment…), geographical data, crime data, housing, businesses, commutes, economics, schools, quality of life etc. on every US City. If you ever need to research any city for any reason, from considering a move there to just checking where somebody you know is staying, ZipCodeFacts.com is a wonderful site to bookmark.

Here is a shortcut list of links for Seattle’s downtown area neighborhoods:

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