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Brief Review of Washington State Demographics

August 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, Puget Sound Region

The Puget Sound Business Journal recently published demographics by county, and we found a lot of the data interesting.  Since we couldn’t post the images printed, we’ve found our own data to supplement what the Business Journal created.  Here’s somewhat of the same information:

Population Change and Net Migration

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

Although population growth has slowed as a result of the economic situation, Washington still continues to be a leader in growth.  From April 1st, 2007 to April 1st, 2008, Washington’s population increased by 99,600.

Washington and U.S. Per Capita Personal Income

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

In the late 1990’s, Washington experienced a boost in income per capita from stock options and software industry wages.  Even before then, Washington shows to have averaged higher than the rest of the US almost every year since 1980.


Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

In 2007, an estimated 44% of King County residents 25 years old and over have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.  When it comes to enrollment into four-year institutions, Washington doesn’t place as much of a leader.  However, higher education attainment places Washington within the top ten states based on percent of residents who have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Unemployment Rate

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

Again, Washington shows another positive trend in leadership among averages nationwide.  Boeing continues to be the number one employer with over 74,000.  Microsoft employs over 36,000, and the University of Washington over 20,000.

Median Single Family Home/Condo Prices

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

Source: WA Trends - Office of Financial Management

Of course King County leads in number of closed sales, and highest median price.  Although single-family homes are 85% of residential sales, condominiums seeing much less of a reduction in prices compared to last year’s decline.

The profiles done on counties within the Puget Sound Business Center are actually quite impressive, but we couldn’t find nearly as much data.  In case you’re thinking of picking one up, additional information includes population race and origin, local B&O taxes, median age population, comute times, crime statistics, number of licensed business’s, types of employment, average wages, office/industrial real estate statistics, property tax rates, real estate excise taxes, housing growth, rent and vacancy rates, wealthiest zip codes, critical contacts, and public/private school rankings.

Although the majority of the information on this post came from the Office of Financial Management, here are some other websites to consider using if you’re looking for more information:

Office of Financial Management:

City Data:

Washington Center for Real Estate Research:

US Census Bureau:

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 –

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… is a collected and analyzed data source that provides in-depth and interesting profiles of all U.S. cities. Not only is 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, is a wonderful site to bookmark.

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

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