Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

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Population

3.87M

1.79% growth

Median Age

37.1


Median Household Income

$82,133

4.48% growth

Poverty Rate

10.4%


Number of Employees

2.02M

2.71% growth

Median Property Value

$439,800

12.3% growth

About

In 2017, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA had a population of 3.87M people with a median age of 37.1 and a median household income of $82,133. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA grew from 3.8M to 3.87M, a 1.79% increase and its median household income grew from $78,612 to $82,133, a 4.48% increase.

The population of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is 63.4% White Alone, 13.4% Asian Alone, and 10.1% Hispanic or Latino. 22.7% of the people in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA speak a non-English language, and 90.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (13,548 degrees awarded in 2016), Edmonds Community College (3,239 degrees), and Green River College (3,018 degrees).

The median property value in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is $439,800, and the homeownership rate is 60%. Most people in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA employs 2.02M people. The largest industries in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (260,386 people), Retail Trade (245,796 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (241,649 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($91,197), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($86,371), and Information ($77,330).

Median household income in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is $82,133. Males in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$82,133

2017 value

± $965

4.48%

1 Year Growth

± 1.71%

Households in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA have a median annual income of $82,133, 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 $78,612 in 2016, which represents a 4.48% 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-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was King County, WA with a value of $89,675, followed by Snohomish County, WA and Clark County, WA, with respective values of $82,595 and $74,747.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (381k out of 3.68M 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    218,902 ± 3,651

  2. Hispanic

    65,974 ± 2,116

  3. Asian

    48,167 ± 1,678

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

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

2.02M

2017 Value

± 24,031

2.71%

1 Year growth

± 1.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA grew at a rate of 2.71%, from 1.97M employees to 2.02M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (155,884 people), Software Developers & Programmers (89,016 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (58,859 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (155,884 people), Software Developers & Programmers (89,016 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (58,859 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Software Developers & Programmers (3.12 times higher than expected), Preschool & Kinder (2.8 times), and First-Line Supervisors of Personal Care & Service Workers (2.19 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($105,487), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($100,417), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($97,987).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.02M

2017 Value

± 24,031

2.71%

1 Year growth

± 1.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA grew at a rate of 2.71%, from 1.97M employees to 2.02M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (260,386 people), Retail Trade (245,796 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (241,649 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, though some of these residents may live in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (260,386 people), Retail Trade (245,796 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (241,649 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.64 times higher than expected), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.6 times), and Information (1.22 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($91,197), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($86,371), and Information ($77,330).

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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

94.4% of the population of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA has health coverage, with 55.7% on employee plans, 14.8% on Medicaid, 9.34% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 1.98% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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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1202 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Washington see an average of 1202 patients per year. This represents a 0.839% increase from the previous year (1192 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

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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

5.62%

Uninsured

55.7%

Employer Coverage

14.8%

Medicaid

9.34%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

1.98%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA grew by 5.89% from 5.31% to 5.62%.

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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-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is home to a population of 3.87M people, from which 90.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 17.2% of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is composed of 2.45M White Alone residents (63.4%), 518k Asian Alone residents (13.4%), 390k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.1%), 227k Two or More Races residents (5.87%), 215k Black or African American Alone residents (5.55%), 33.3k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.86%), 21k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.544%), and 11.9k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.307%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (233,286 speakers), Chinese (92,216 speakers), and Vietnamese (47,890 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was 37.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

17.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

16.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 17.2% of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was 16.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was Mexico, the natal country of 237,996 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA residents, followed by India with 86,024 and Philippines with 78,671.

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Citizenship

90.5%

2017 Citizenship

90.9%

2016 Citizenship

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

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    2.45M ± 2.45k

  2. Asian Alone

    518k ± 7.2k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    390k ± 15.7k

In 2017, there were 4.73 times more White Alone residents (2.45M people) in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 518k Asian Alone and 390k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    233,286 speakers (6.67%)

  2. Chinese

    92,216 speakers (2.64%)

  3. Vietnamese

    47,890 speakers (1.37%)

22.7% of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 6.67% of the overall population of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 2.64% speak Chinese and 1.37% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    77,932 ± 3,813

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    59,133 ± 4,814

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    33,403 ± 2,558

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.32 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA awarded 58,178 degrees. The student population of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is skewed towards women, with 86,413 male students and 105,946 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are White (29,518 and 55.9%), followed by Asian (7,078 and 13.4%), Hispanic or Latino (4,511 and 8.54%), and Unknown (4,284 and 8.11%).

The largest universities in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA by number of degrees awarded are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (13,548 and 23.3%), Edmonds Community College (3,239 and 5.57%), and Green River College (3,018 and 5.19%).

The most popular majors in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (8,680 and 14.9%), General Business Administration & Management (2,030 and 3.49%), and Registered Nursing (1,654 and 2.84%).

The median tuition costs in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are $28,800 for private four year colleges, and $3,393 and $7,625 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 920 degrees awarded

  2. 822 degrees awarded

  3. 741 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was General Psychology with 920 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 13,548 degrees awarded

  2. 3,239 degrees awarded

  3. 3,018 degrees awarded

$3,393

Median In-State Public

$28,800

Median Private

In 2016, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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

25,298

Degrees Awarded to Men

32,880

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 25,298 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, which is 0.769 times less than the 32,880 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

    29,518 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    7,078 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4,511 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA were to White students. These 29,518 degrees mean that there were 4.17 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 7,078 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was $439,800 in 2017, which is 2.02 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $391,500 to $439,800, a 12.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is 60%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA have an average commute time of 29.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$82,133

Median Household Income

± $965

1.49M

Number of Households

± 19,503

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.49M households in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA grew to $82,133 from the previous year's value of $78,612.

The following chart displays the households in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$439,800

2017 Median

± $3,845

$391,500

2016 Median

± $2,774

In 2017, the median property value in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA grew to to $439,800 from the previous year's value of $391,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

60%

2017 Homeownership

59.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 60% of the housing units in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, 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-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

29.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA have a longer commute time (29.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.32% of the workforce in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    67.6%

  2. Carpooled

    10.5%

  3. Public Transit

    10.1%

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

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