Seattle, WA

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Population

724,764

2.9% growth

Median Age

35.6


Median Household Income

$86,822

4.01% growth

Poverty Rate

12.5%


Number of Employees

435,541

2.28% growth

Median Property Value

$673,100

11% growth

About

In 2017, Seattle, WA had a population of 725k people with a median age of 35.6 and a median household income of $86,822. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Seattle, WA grew from 704,358 to 724,764, a 2.9% increase and its median household income grew from $83,476 to $86,822, a 4.01% increase.

The population of Seattle, WA is 64% White Alone, 15.7% Asian Alone, and 6.78% Black or African American Alone. 20.5% of the people in Seattle, WA speak a non-English language, and 90.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Seattle, WA are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (13,548 degrees awarded in 2016), Seattle University (2,488 degrees), and Seattle Pacific University (1,523 degrees).

The median property value in Seattle, WA is $673,100, and the homeownership rate is 47.1%. Most people in Seattle, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Seattle, WA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Seattle, WA employs 436k people. The largest industries in Seattle, WA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (79,268 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (56,820 people), and Retail Trade (54,629 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($97,209), Information ($89,301), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,759).

Median household income in Seattle, WA is $86,822. Males in Seattle, WA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,061. The income inequality in Seattle, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$86,822

2017 value

± $2,716

4.01%

1 Year Growth

± 4.97%

Households in Seattle, WA have a median annual income of $86,822, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $83,476 in 2016, which represents a 4.01% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$76,243

Average Male Salary

± $1,417

$56,061

Average Female Salary

± $1,119

In 2017, full-time male employees in Seattle, WA made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $68,438 ± $3,071

  2. White

    $60,339 ± $979

  3. Two or More Races

    $48,848 ± $3,228

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Seattle, WA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Seattle, WA is from Washington.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.467

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Washington was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.249% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 56

  2. Census Tract 64

  3. Census Tract 78

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Seattle, WA was Census Tract 56 with a value of $157,292, followed by Census Tract 64 and Census Tract 78, with respective values of $154,868 and $137,358.

The following map shows all of the places in Seattle, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Seattle, WA (83.6k out of 670k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    39,511 ± 1,641

  2. Asian

    16,487 ± 1,072

  3. Black

    15,227 ± 1,009

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Seattle, WA is White, followed by Asian and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

436k

2017 Value

± 11,945

2.28%

1 Year growth

± 3.74%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Seattle, WA grew at a rate of 2.28%, from 426k employees to 436k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Seattle, WA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (39,700 people), Software Developers & Programmers (25,619 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (18,798 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Seattle, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Seattle, WA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (39,700 people), Software Developers & Programmers (25,619 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (18,798 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Seattle, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Software Developers & Programmers (4.16 times higher than expected), Architects, Surveyors, & Cartographers (3.3 times), and Mathematical Science Occupations (2.96 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Seattle, WA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($101,543), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($93,869), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($91,705).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

436k

2017 Value

± 11,945

2.28%

1 Year growth

± 3.74%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Seattle, WA grew at a rate of 2.28%, from 426k employees to 436k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Seattle, WA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (79,268 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (56,820 people), and Retail Trade (54,629 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Seattle, WA, though some of these residents may live in Seattle, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Seattle, WA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (79,268 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (56,820 people), and Retail Trade (54,629 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Seattle, WA has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.91 times higher than expected), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.44 times), and Information (1.65 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Seattle, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($97,209), Information ($89,301), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,759).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.6B

  2. $37.2B

  3. $28.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $38.6B, followed by Mixed freight with $37.2B and Gasoline and $28.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Washington products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$296B

2015 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

50.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Washington trade was $296B. This is expected to increase 50.1% to $444B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.3B

  2. $14.2B

  3. $9.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $26.3B, followed by California with $14.2B and Tennessee and $9.45B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Washington shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95.8% of the population of Seattle, WA has health coverage, with 61.5% on employee plans, 11.6% on Medicaid, 8.92% on Medicare, 13.1% on non-group plans, and 0.618% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Seattle, WA was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Seattle, WA see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.839% increase from the previous year (1192 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1254 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 335 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14%). Additionally, Adams County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,202 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Washington see an average of 1,202 patients per year. This represents a 0.839% increase from the previous year (1,192 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,913

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,328

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,851

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,997

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.2%

Uninsured

61.5%

Employer Coverage

11.6%

Medicaid

8.92%

Medicare

13.1%

Non-Group

0.618%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Seattle, WA grew by 6.75% from 3.93% to 4.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Seattle, WA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14% prevalence

  2. 13.6% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Washington by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Seattle, WA is home to a population of 725k people, from which 90.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 17.1% of Seattle, WA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Seattle, WA is composed of 464k White Alone residents (64%), 113k Asian Alone residents (15.7%), 49.1k Black or African American Alone residents (6.78%), 48.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.65%), 43k Two or More Races residents (5.93%), 2.71k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.373%), 2.24k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.309%), and 2.04k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.281%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Seattle, WA are Chinese (27,077 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (26,580 speakers), and African Languages (9,206 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Seattle, WA was 35.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Seattle, WA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Seattle, WA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

17.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

17.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 17.1% of Seattle, WA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Seattle, WA was 17.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,996 ± 11,783 people

  2. India

    86,024 ± 7,159 people

  3. Philippines

    78,671 ± 6,850 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Seattle, WA was Mexico, the natal country of 237,996 Seattle, WA residents, followed by India with 86,024 and Philippines with 78,671.

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Citizenship

90.9%

2017 Citizenship

90.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.9% of Seattle, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Seattle, WA was 90.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    464k ± 9.05k

  2. Asian Alone

    113k ± 7.76k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    49.1k ± 6.31k

In 2017, there were 4.09 times more White Alone residents (464k people) in Seattle, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 113k Asian Alone and 49.1k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Seattle, WA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Chinese

    27,077 speakers (4.16%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    26,580 speakers (4.08%)

  3. African Languages

    9,206 speakers (1.41%)

20.5% of Seattle, WA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Seattle, WA was Chinese. 4.16% of the overall population of Seattle, WA are native Chinese speakers. 4.08% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 1.41% speak Chinese, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    11,125 ± 1,514

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,798 ± 1,423

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,949 ± 857

Seattle, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.32 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Seattle, WA awarded 24,590 degrees. The student population of Seattle, WA is skewed towards women, with 37,855 male students and 44,917 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Seattle, WA are White (11,893 and 55.7%), followed by Asian (3,675 and 17.2%), Hispanic or Latino (1,695 and 7.94%), and Unknown (1,485 and 6.96%).

The largest universities in Seattle, WA by number of degrees awarded are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (13,548 and 55.1%), Seattle University (2,488 and 10.1%), and Seattle Pacific University (1,523 and 6.19%).

The most popular majors in Seattle, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,255 and 5.1%), General Business Administration & Management (1,029 and 4.18%), and General Psychology (718 and 2.92%).

The median tuition costs in Seattle, WA are $37,920 for private four year colleges, and $3,393 and $3,800 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 627 degrees awarded

  2. 583 degrees awarded

  3. 384 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Seattle, WA was General Psychology with 627 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Seattle, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 13,548 degrees awarded

  2. 2,488 degrees awarded

  3. 1,523 degrees awarded

$3,393

Median In-State Public

$37,920

Median Private

In 2016, the Seattle, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Washington-Seattle Campus with 13,548 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

10,739

Degrees Awarded to Men

13,851

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 10,739 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Seattle, WA, which is 0.775 times less than the 13,851 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    11,893 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    3,675 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,695 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Seattle, WA were to White students. These 11,893 degrees mean that there were 3.24 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 3,675 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Seattle, WA was $673,100 in 2017, which is 3.09 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $606,200 to $673,100, a 11% increase. The homeownership rate in Seattle, WA is 47.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Seattle, WA have an average commute time of 26.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Seattle, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$86,822

Median Household Income

± $2,716

330k

Number of Households

± 9,729

In 2017, the median household income of the 330k households in Seattle, WA grew to $86,822 from the previous year's value of $83,476.

The following chart displays the households in Seattle, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$673,100

2017 Median

± $11,214

$606,200

2016 Median

± $9,892

In 2017, the median property value in Seattle, WA grew to to $673,100 from the previous year's value of $606,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Seattle, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Seattle, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Seattle, WA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Seattle, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

47.1%

2017 Homeownership

46.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 47.1% of the housing units in Seattle, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 46.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Seattle, WA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Seattle, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Seattle, WA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

26.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Seattle, WA have a longer commute time (26.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.2% of the workforce in Seattle, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    47.2%

  2. Public Transit

    22.9%

  3. Walked

    10.4%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Seattle, WA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Public Transit and those who Walked.

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