Seattle, WA

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Population

744,949

2.79% growth

Poverty Rate

12.5%


Median Age

35.2


Median Household Income

$93,481

7.67% growth

Number of Employees

451,954

3.77% growth

Median Property Value

$758,200

12.6% growth

About

In 2018, Seattle, WA had a population of 745k people with a median age of 35.2 and a median household income of $93,481. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Seattle, WA grew from 724,764 to 744,949, a 2.79% increase and its median household income grew from $86,822 to $93,481, a 7.67% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Seattle, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (63%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (15.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.67%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (6.65%), and White (Hispanic) (3.9%). 22.1% of the people in Seattle, WA speak a non-English language, and 89.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Seattle, WA are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (13,837 degrees awarded in 2017), Seattle University (2,616 degrees), and Seattle Pacific University (1,524 degrees).

The median property value in Seattle, WA is $758,200, and the homeownership rate is 44.7%. 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 1 car per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

Showing data at the state level for Washington. Hospitalization data for some states may be delayed or not reported.

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Washington, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Washington (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Seattle, WA employs 452k people. The largest industries in Seattle, WA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (88,298 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (55,880 people), and Retail Trade (55,338 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($100,701), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($96,113), and Utilities ($93,668).

Median household income in Seattle, WA is $93,481. Males in Seattle, WA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,794. The income inequality in Seattle, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$93,481

2018 value

± $3,677

7.67%

1 Year Growth

± 4.67%

Households in Seattle, WA have a median annual income of $93,481, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $86,822 in 2017, which represents a 7.67% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$79,555

Average Male Salary

± $1,504

$58,794

Average Female Salary

± $1,224

In 2018, full-time male employees in Washington made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Washington by number of full-time 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

    $76,629 ± $3,310

  2. White

    $62,679 ± $1,044

  3. Two or More Races

    $50,209 ± $3,211

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Washington workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Washington by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.469

2018 Wage GINI

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Washington was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.658% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 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 41

  2. Census Tract 56

  3. Census Tract 64

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Seattle, WA was Census Tract 41 with a value of $168,415, followed by Census Tract 56 and Census Tract 64, with respective values of $167,368 and $162,532.

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 13.1%. 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

452k

2018 Value

± 12,075

3.77%

1 Year growth

± 3.69%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Seattle, WA grew at a rate of 3.77%, from 436k employees to 452k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Seattle, WA, are Management Occupations (66,394 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (46,288 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (40,294 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 Management Occupations (66,394 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (46,288 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (40,294 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Seattle, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (3.09 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.83 times), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (2.1 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Seattle, WA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($120,581), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($111,167), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($96,716).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

452k

2018 Value

± 12,075

3.77%

1 Year growth

± 3.69%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Seattle, WA grew at a rate of 3.77%, from 436k employees to 452k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Seattle, WA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (88,298 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (55,880 people), and Retail Trade (55,338 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 (88,298 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (55,880 people), and Retail Trade (55,338 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Seattle, WA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.6 times higher than expected), Information (1.72 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.39 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Seattle, WA, by median earnings, are Information ($100,701), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($96,113), and Utilities ($93,668).

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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. $45.6B

  2. $39.9B

  3. $29B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $45.6B, followed by Mixed freight ($39.9B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($29B).

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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$323B

2020 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

37.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Washington trade was $323B. This is expected to increase 37.4% 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. $29.1B

  2. $15.8B

  3. $10.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $29.1B, followed by California with $15.8B and Tennessee and $10.3B.

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 843 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.597% increase from the previous year (838 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 947 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 291 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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843 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in King County, WA see an average of 843 patients per year. This represents a 0.597% increase from the previous year (838 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in King County, WA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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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 745k people, from which 89.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 17.1% of Seattle, WA residents were born outside of the country (124k people).

In 2018, there were 4.07 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (469k people) in Seattle, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 115k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 49.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common foreign languages spoken in Seattle, WA are Spanish (31,582 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (29,897 speakers), and Amharic, Somali, or Other Afro-Asiatic Languages (13,471 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2018, the median age of all people in Seattle, WA was 35.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Seattle, WA are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Seattle, WA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

17.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

124k people

17.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

121k people

As of 2017, 17.1% of Seattle, WA residents (124k people) 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.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Seattle, WA compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    256,836 ± 12,228 people

  2. India

    89,091 ± 7,285 people

  3. China

    79,210 ± 6,873 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 256,836 Washington residents, followed by India with 89,091 and China with 79,210.

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Citizenship

89.7%

2018 Citizenship

90.9%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 89.7% of Seattle, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Seattle, WA was 90.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Seattle, WA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    469k ± 9.21k

  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    115k ± 7.26k

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    49.7k ± 7.48k

In 2018, there were 4.07 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (469k people) in Seattle, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 115k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 49.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Seattle, WA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    31,582 speakers (4.47%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    29,897 speakers (4.23%)

  3. Amharic, Somali, or Other Afro-Asiatic Languages

    13,471 speakers (1.91%)

22.1% of Seattle, WA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.9%. In 2018, the most common non-English language spoken in Seattle, WA was Spanish. 4.47% of the overall population of Seattle, WA are native Spanish speakers. 4.23% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 1.91% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    8,187 ± 1,475

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    7,820 ± 1,752

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,141 ± 1,212

Seattle, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.05 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Seattle, WA awarded 24,036 degrees. The student population of Seattle, WA is skewed towards women, with 38,024 male students and 45,238 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Seattle, WA are White (11,397 and 55.5%), followed by Asian (3,654 and 17.8%), Hispanic or Latino (1,619 and 7.88%), and Unknown (1,491 and 7.26%).

The largest universities in Seattle, WA by number of degrees awarded are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (13,837 and 57.6%), Seattle University (2,616 and 10.9%), and Seattle Pacific University (1,524 and 6.34%).

The most popular majors in Seattle, WA are General Business Administration & Management (1,136 and 4.73%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,126 and 4.68%), and General Psychology (684 and 2.85%).

The median tuition costs in Seattle, WA are $39,264 for private four year colleges, and $3,822 and $3,822 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 611 degrees awarded

  2. 499 degrees awarded

  3. 380 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Seattle, WA was General Psychology with 611 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. 13,837 degrees awarded

  2. 2,616 degrees awarded

  3. 1,524 degrees awarded

$3,822

Median In-State Public

$39,264

Median Private

In 2017, the Seattle, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Washington-Seattle Campus with 13,837 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

10,462

Degrees Awarded to Men

13,574

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 10,462 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Seattle, WA, which is 0.771 times less than the 13,574 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Seattle, WA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    11,397 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    3,654 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,619 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Seattle, WA were to White students. These 11,397 degrees mean that there were 3.12 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 3,654 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Seattle, WA was $758,200 in 2018, which is 3.3 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $673,100 to $758,200, a 12.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Seattle, WA is 44.7%, 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 lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Housing

Property Value

$758,200

2018 Median

± $13,775

$673,100

2017 Median

± $11,214

In 2018, the median property value in Seattle, WA grew to to $758,200 from the previous year's value of $673,100.

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 N/A range.

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Household Income

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

$93,481

Median Household Income

± $3,677

338k

Number of Households

± 9,891

In 2018, the median household income of the 338k households in Seattle, WA grew to $93,481 from the previous year's value of $86,822.

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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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

44.7%

2018 Homeownership

47.1%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 44.7% of the housing units in Seattle, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 47.1%.

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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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 (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.62% 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

    44.4%

  2. Public Transit

    23.1%

  3. Walked

    12.1%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Seattle, WA was Drove Alone (44.4%), followed by those who Public Transit (23.1%) and those who Walked (12.1%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

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 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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