Seattle, WA

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2022 Population
734,603
1.18% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
35.4
0.283% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
10.1%
0.639% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$116,068
10.1% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$879,900
14.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
452,728
1.37% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Seattle, WA had a population of 735k people with a median age of 35.4 and a median household income of $116,068. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Seattle, WA grew from 726,054 to 734,603, a 1.18% increase and its median household income grew from $105,391 to $116,068, a 10.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Seattle, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (61.2%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (16.7%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.87%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.64%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.52%).

None of the households in Seattle, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

89.3% of the residents in Seattle, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Seattle, WA are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (15,671 degrees awarded in 2022), Seattle University (2,496 degrees), and Seattle Pacific University (1,364 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Seattle, WA was $879,900, and the homeownership rate was 44.5%.

Most people in Seattle, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Seattle, WA was 1 car per household.

Population & Diversity

Seattle, WA is home to a population of 735k people, from which 89.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 19.8% of Seattle, WA residents were born outside of the country (145k people).

In 2022, there were 3.66 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (450k people) in Seattle, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 123k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 50.5k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

89.3%
2022 Citizenship
89.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 89.3% of Seattle, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Seattle, WA was 89.6%, 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)
    450k ± 3.51k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    123k ± 3.33k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    50.5k ± 2.09k
7.47%
Hispanic Population
54.9k people

In 2022, there were 3.66 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (450k people) in Seattle, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 123k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 50.5k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.47% of the people in Seattle, WA are hispanic (54.9k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    244,390 ± 11,943 people
  2. India
    101,527 ± 7,771 people
  3. China
    86,360 ± 7,174 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 244,390 Washington residents, followed by India with 101,527 and China with 86,360.

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Foreign-Born Population

19.8%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
145k people
19.3%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
140k people

As of 2022, 19.8% of Seattle, WA residents (145k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Seattle, WA was 19.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,997 ± 597
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    6,843 ± 814
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    4,072 ± 681

Seattle, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Seattle, WA employs 453k people. The largest industries in Seattle, WA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (92,609 people), Retail Trade (56,257 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (54,375 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($147,115), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($125,719), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($115,990).

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $73,054. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

453k
2022 Value
± 5,672
1.37%
1 Year growth
± 1.78%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Seattle, WA grew at a rate of 1.37%, from 447k employees to 453k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Seattle, WA, are Management Occupations (68,721 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (58,842 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (39,117 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Seattle, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

453k
2022 Value
± 5,672
1.37%
1 Year growth
± 1.78%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Seattle, WA grew at a rate of 1.37%, from 447k employees to 453k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Seattle, WA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (92,609 people), Retail Trade (56,257 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (54,375 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$87,217
Median earning men ± $2,095
$64,013
Median earning women ± $1,648

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($159,661), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($125,238), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($103,586).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($112,757), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($87,599), and Public Administration ($87,491).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
3.62%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.58M people employed in Washington. This represents a 3.62% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.3%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Washington.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Washington went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 58% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (38.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.97%).

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Washington over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Washington have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Seattle, WA awarded 23,878 degrees. The student population of Seattle, WA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 37,283 male students and 43,987 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Seattle, WA are White (10,048 and 48.8%), followed by Asian (4,657 and 22.6%), Hispanic or Latino (2,126 and 10.3%), and Two or More Races (1,576 and 7.66%).

The largest universities in Seattle, WA by number of degrees awarded are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (15,671 and 65.6%), Seattle University (2,496 and 10.5%), and Seattle Pacific University (1,364 and 5.71%).

The most popular majors in Seattle, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (841 and 3.52%), General Business Administration & Management (770 and 3.22%), and Computer Science (747 and 3.13%).

The median tuition costs in Seattle, WA are $35,314 for private four year colleges, and $4,458 and $4,947 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Seattle, WA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 55%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 25.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 81,270 (45.9% men and 54.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 81,270 students enrolled in Seattle, WA, 45.9% men and 54.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 28,484 records, of which 57.5% were women and 42.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 598 degrees awarded
  2. 565 degrees awarded
  3. 465 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Seattle, WA was Computer Science with 598 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 15,671 degrees awarded
  2. 2,496 degrees awarded
  3. 1,364 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Washington-Seattle Campus with 15,671 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 9,991 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Seattle, WA, which is 0.719 times less than the 13,887 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 10,048 degrees mean that there were 2.16 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 4,657 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($35,314) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($825) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.975% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.954% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.41M), Some college (1.4M), and Bachelors Degree (1.33M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Seattle, WA was $879,900 in 2022, which is 3.12 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $767,500 to $879,900, a 14.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Seattle, WA is 44.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Seattle, WA have an average commute time of 27.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Seattle, WA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Median household income in Seattle, WA is $116,068. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Seattle, WA was Census Tract 62 with a value of $238,571, followed by Census Tract 16 and Census Tract 27, with respective values of $219,583 and $211,088.

Property

$879,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,804
$153,477
Median Property Taxes
±$2,602

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units 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.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Seattle, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

44.5%
Homeownership
2022
62.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 44.5% of the housing units in Seattle, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 45.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 62
  2. Census Tract 16
  3. Census Tract 27

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Seattle, WA was Census Tract 62 with a value of $238,571, followed by Census Tract 16 and Census Tract 27, with respective values of $219,583 and $211,088.

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

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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.
$116,068
Median Household Income
± $1,579
345k
Number of Households
± 4,950

In 2022, the median household income of the 345k households in Seattle, WA grew to $116,068 from the previous year's value of $105,391.

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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Seattle, WA is from Washington.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in Washington
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2022, the income inequality in Washington was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.285% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (38.6%)
  2. Worked At Home (27%)
  3. Public Transit (15.6%)

In 2022, 38.6% of workers in Seattle, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (27%) and those who used public transit to get to work (15.6%).

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Commute Time

27.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Seattle, WA have a longer commute time (27.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.55% of the workforce in Seattle, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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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.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Seattle, WA (72.2k out of 715k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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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Health

95.5% of the population of Seattle, WA has health coverage, with 64.2% on employee plans, 10.5% on Medicaid, 9.02% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 0.606% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in King County, WA see 828 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.241% decrease from the previous year (830 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 912 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 195 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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828 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in King County, WA

Primary care physicians in King County, WA see an average of 828 patients per year. This represents a 0.241% decrease from the previous year (830 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 15.2% under 18 years, 34.2% between 18 and 34 years, 38.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.2% were men and 49.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.45%
Uninsured
64.2%
Employer Coverage
10.5%
Medicaid
9.02%
Medicare
11.3%
Non-Group
0.606%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Seattle, WA grew by 1.43% from 4.39% to 4.45%.

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