King County, Washington (WA)

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County population in 2012: 2,007,440 (97% urban, 3% rural); it was 1,737,034 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 365,701
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 101,017
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 425,451
Renter-occupied apartments: 322,514 (it was 285,465 in 2000)
% of renters here:

40%
State:

36%

Land area: 2126 sq. mi.

Water area: 180.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 926 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in King County: 112.7 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (31.0%), Educational, health and social services (18.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 8%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 26%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in King County, Washington:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (64.8%)
  • Asian alone (14.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (8.9%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (6.0%)
  • Two or more races (4.1%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone (0.7%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.7%)
Median resident age:  37.0 years
Washington median age:  37.0 years
Males: 962,090  (44.8%)
Females: 969,159  (55.2%)

King County,WA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
King County:

2.0 people
Washington:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $71,834 ($53,157 in 1999)

This county:

$71834
Washington:

$58405

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $1,065 (lower quartile is $802, upper quartile is $1,443)
This county:

$1065
State:

$867


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $376,200 (it was $226,400 in 2000)
King:

$376,200
Washington:

$250,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $246,700 - $570,000

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $489,606
Here:

$489,606
State:

$329,559

Townhouses or other attached units: $328,773
Here:

$328,773
State:

$270,940

In 2-unit structures: $393,970
Here:

$393,970
State:

$280,281

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $225,110
Here:

$225,110
State:

$202,515

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $275,329
Here:

$275,329
State:

$245,538

Mobile homes: $90,787
Here:

$90,787
State:

$98,688

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $142,407
Here:

$142,407
State:

$69,606
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,111
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $659

Institutionalized population: 10,490

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

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Health of residents in King County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2009:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.7. This is about average.
84.0% of residents exercised in the past month. This is more than average.
41.9% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
86.9% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
78.1% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 191 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 162 pounds. This is more than average.
21.2% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.


Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 4483 buildings, average cost: $195,100
  • 2001: 4352 buildings, average cost: $215,800
  • 2002: 5783 buildings, average cost: $231,600
  • 2003: 6354 buildings, average cost: $242,900
  • 2004: 6947 buildings, average cost: $242,400
  • 2005: 6331 buildings, average cost: $275,000
  • 2006: 5770 buildings, average cost: $281,100
  • 2007: 5206 buildings, average cost: $289,300
  • 2008: 3029 buildings, average cost: $286,100
  • 2009: 2003 buildings, average cost: $269,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $3,776 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $3,730 (1.0%)

King County household income distribution in 2009 King County home values distribution King County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.4%
(8.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.1% for Black residents, 25.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 21.7% for American Indian residents, 14.1% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 25.4% for other race residents, 18.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.4%
King County:

12.4%
Washington:

14.1%
(8.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.1% for Black residents, 25.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 21.7% for American Indian residents, 13.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 25.4% for other race residents, 18.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 37 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 29 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)

Area name: Seattle-Bellevue, WA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in King County is $698 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $840 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1187 a month.

Cities in this county include: Seattle, East Seattle, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kent, Enumclaw Plateau, Shoreline, Tahoma-Maple Valley, Issaquah Plateau, Renton.

King County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2005 air pollution in King County:

Carbon Monoxide: 4 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.085 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.063 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 24 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 70 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 11.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 30 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.004 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides 24-hour: 0.012 ppm (standard limit: 0.14 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in King County: Skykomish District Ranger Office (A), Asahel Curtis Picnic Ground (B), Snoqualmie Summit Ski Area (C), Beaver Lake Club (D), Taylor (E), Taylor River Forest Camp (F), Foss River Camp (G), Foss River Campground (H), Mountain Tree Farm Center (I), Denny Creek Trailhead (J), Carnation Farm (K), Camp Gilead (L), Alpental Ski Area (M), Seattle Water Supply Intake (N), Tacoma Water Supply Intake (O), Walsh Lake Nursery (P), King County Fairgrounds (Q), Carnation Golf Course (R), Hot Springs (S), Commonwealth Campground (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in King County include: Eastridge Christian Assembly Church (A), Preston Baptist Church (B), Enumclaw Community Church (C), Foothills Baptist Church Issaquah (D), Covenant Presbyterian Church (E), Good Samaritan Episcopal Church (F), Wabash Presbyterian Church (G), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (H), First Church of Christ Scientist (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Holy Cross Cemetery (1), Krain Cemetery (2), Enumclaw Municipal Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Terrace Lakes (A), Cass Pond (B), Tsuga Lakes (C), Cold Lake (D), Tye Lake (E), Lake Titicaca (F), Trout Lake (G), Cloudy Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Beaver Creek (A), Beckler River (B), Boise Creek (C), Bolt Creek (D), Boulder Creek (E), Boundary Creek (F), Bridge Creek (G), Brockway Creek (H), Burn Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in King County include: Kanaskat-Palmer State Park (1), Green River Gorge State Park (2), Fall City Community Park (3), Mahler Park (4), Duvall Park (5), Black Diamond Bridge State Park (6), John MacDonald Tolt River Park (7), Chester Morse Monument (8), Kanaskat-Palmer Recreation Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Alexander Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Chelan County , Kittitas County , Pierce County , Snohomish County , Yakima County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.6%
Washington:

5.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 125,584
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 40.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 268,285 (44% naturalized citizens)

King County:

15.4%
Whole state:

10.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 76,642
  • 1990 to 1994: 55,206
  • 1985 to 1989: 35,277
  • 1980 to 1984: 30,451
  • 1975 to 1979: 21,778
  • 1970 to 1974: 11,498
  • 1970 to 1974: 11,161
  • 1965 to 1969: 26,272

Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 93.2%

King County marital status for males King County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in King County with a mortgage: 276,258 (32,719 second mortgage, 34,430 home equity loan, 1,346 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 79,250

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

75.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for King County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic278,34071
Evangelical Protestant204,523711
Other119,713329
Mainline Protestant104,806304
Orthodox12,25720
Black Protestant7,03024
None1,204,580-
King County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 439
King County:

2.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 29
Here:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 220
This county:

1.19 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 399
King County:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2,027
This county:

10.95 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
King County:

6.7%
Washington:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
King County:

20.5%
State:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.6%
State:

13.9%

Agriculture in King County:

Average size of farms: 27 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $77,555
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $7142.33
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 48.23%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 39.53%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $64,161
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 24.34%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 28.83%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $27,224
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.98%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 53.94
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 50.70%
Vegetables: 1,163 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 178 acres

Tornado activity:

King County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Washington state average. It is 45686328.1 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 12/12/1969, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

King County-area historical earthquake activity is near Washington state average. It is 146% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 25.1 miles away from King County center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 36.5 miles away from the county center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 17.2 miles away from the county center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 7/3/1999 at 01:43:54, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, 5.3 ME, Depth: 25.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 59.2 miles away from the county center
On 5/3/1996 at 04:04:22, a magnitude 5.5 (5.2 MB, 5.3 MD, 5.5 ML, Depth: 2.5 mi) earthquake occurred 28.9 miles away from King County center
On 2/14/1981 at 06:09:27, a magnitude 5.5 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 75.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in King County (26) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 25
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 18, Storms: 15, Mudslides: 8, Landslides: 6, Winter Storms: 5, Earthquakes: 2, Heavy Rains: 2, Winds: 2, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (11%)
  • Vietnam (10%)
  • Philippines (9%)
  • Canada (7%)
  • Korea (6%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (6%)
  • India (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in King County (%):

  • German (13%)
  • English (9%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Norwegian (5%)
  • United States or American (5%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Swedish (3%)

King County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 626,576 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 109,573 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 84,997 (9%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 296 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 227 (0%)
  • Railroad: 118 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 975 (0%)
  • Taxi: 685 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 1,833 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 7,819 (1%)
  • Walked: 33,137 (4%)
  • Other means: 5,026 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 40,415 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in King County, Washington in 2000:

  • 11,136 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 7,380 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 6,849 people in nursing homes
  • 3,588 people in other group homes
  • 3,316 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 868 people in federal prisons and detention centers
  • 741 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 526 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 443 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 354 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 321 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 310 people in crews of maritime vessels
  • 278 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 225 people in military ships
  • 223 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 212 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 192 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 157 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 135 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 116 people in religious group quarters
  • 111 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 97 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 96 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 51 people in halfway houses
  • 32 people in state prisons
  • 23 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 14 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 13 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 11 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 9 people in institutions for the blind
  • 8 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 4 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 3 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents

People in group quarters in King County, Washington in 2010:

  • 12,247 people in college/university student housing
  • 6,013 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 4,757 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 3,868 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 3,104 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 2,418 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 999 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 997 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 831 people in federal detention centers
  • 464 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 362 people in military ships
  • 307 people in maritime/merchant vessels
  • 240 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 210 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 130 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 89 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 87 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 8 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $78,001.

6.12% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($52,523 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.12%
Washington average:

6.54%


0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,386 average AGI)
King County:

0.09%
Washington average:

0.14%

2.51% relocated from other counties in Washington ($17,056 average AGI)
3.52% relocated from other states ($34,080 average AGI)
King County:

3.52%
Washington average:

3.33%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Snohomish County, WA  0.86% ($46,693 average AGI)
from Pierce County, WA  0.74% ($40,149)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.17% ($62,162)
from Kitsap County, WA  0.12% ($47,076)
from Thurston County, WA  0.11% ($38,214)
from Whatcom County, WA  0.11% ($30,151)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.11% ($55,291)


5.53% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($53,776 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.53%
Washington average:

6.20%


0.14% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,948 average AGI)
King County:

0.14%
Washington average:

0.14%

2.47% relocated to other counties in Washington ($20,397 average AGI)
2.92% relocated to other states ($31,430 average AGI)
King County:

2.92%
Washington average:

2.98%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Snohomish County, WA  0.94% ($47,962 average AGI)
to Pierce County, WA  0.73% ($41,813)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.15% ($52,224)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.10% ($53,382)
to Kitsap County, WA  0.10% ($52,090)
to Thurston County, WA  0.09% ($36,361)
to Multnomah County, OR  0.09% ($52,236)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.7
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.8

Births per 1000 population in King County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 6.2

Deaths per 1000 population in King County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2012: 4.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in King County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 201,881 (178,032 aged, 23,849 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.84
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9568.110
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 197.4
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 33326.58

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1262.450
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 641.790
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.58

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 75.9
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 125.220

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14.89
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 7301.601

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 39.0. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 22.2
  • Cut/Pierce - 6.2
  • Suffocation - 1.8
  • Other - 8.9

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 112.8. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 50.4
  • Suffocation - 24.0
  • Poisoning - 23.9
  • Fall - 7.3
  • Cut/Pierce - 3.1
  • Other - 4.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 1,894,118

Size of family households: 194,962 2-persons, 109,098 3-persons, 95,246 4-persons, 37,209 5-persons, 14,461 6-persons, 10,534 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 244,699 1-person, 66,514 2-persons, 9,969 3-persons, 3,991 4-persons, 1,396 5-persons, 618 6-persons, 535 7-or-more-persons.

277,933 married couples with children.
81,653 single-parent households (19,170 men, 62,483 women).

81.6% of residents of King County speak English at home.
4.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (53% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
4.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (65% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
8.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other language at home (61% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $11,785,657,000 ($6632 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,989,085,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $3,421,334,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $1,590,493,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $41,475,000
Federal grants: $3,065,138,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,177,412,000 ($1,578,744,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,489,805,000 ($138,786,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $418,403,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,106,701,000
Federal Government insurance: $769,541,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 115,453
Here:

64 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 60,945
Here:

34 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +63,937
Here:

+36 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -66,789
Here -37 per 1000 residents
State +13 per 1000 residents

Population growth in King County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 331.35 millions of gallons per day (24% from ground, 76% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.6
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.5
State:

3.9

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 17,327
  • 2000 to 2004: 128,664
  • 1990 to 1999: 127,428
  • 1980 to 1989: 127,643
  • 1970 to 1979: 121,199
  • 1960 to 1969: 104,487
  • 1950 to 1959: 81,671
  • 1940 to 1949: 45,473
  • 1939 or earlier: 114,496
Rooms in houses/apartments in King County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 1,772
  • 2 rooms: 6,453
  • 3 rooms: 19,856
  • 4 rooms: 36,400
  • 5 rooms: 62,013
  • 6 rooms: 77,858
  • 7 rooms: 75,291
  • 8 rooms: 63,739
  • 9+ rooms: 82,069
  • 1 room: 30,057
  • 2 rooms: 46,889
  • 3 rooms: 66,381
  • 4 rooms: 64,849
  • 5 rooms: 39,704
  • 6 rooms: 18,374
  • 7 rooms: 9,466
  • 8 rooms: 5,141
  • 9+ rooms: 4,604
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in King County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2,775
  • 1 bedroom: 21,300
  • 2 bedrooms: 84,974
  • 3 bedrooms: 178,877
  • 4 bedrooms: 109,764
  • 5+ bedrooms: 27,761
  • no bedroom: 36,446
  • 1 bedroom: 105,158
  • 2 bedrooms: 96,649
  • 3 bedrooms: 34,993
  • 4 bedrooms: 9,363
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2,856
Cars and other vehicles available in King County, Washington in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 12,996
  • 1 vehicle: 111,956
  • 2 vehicles: 195,270
  • 3 vehicles: 75,642
  • 4 vehicles: 21,281
  • 5+ vehicles: 8,306
  • no vehicle: 53,248
  • 1 vehicle: 139,681
  • 2 vehicles: 71,395
  • 3 vehicles: 14,891
  • 4 vehicles: 3,996
  • 5+ vehicles: 2,254

50% of King County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 63% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 34% lived in Washington.

King County:

50.0%
State average:

50.2%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $249,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in King County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (60.0%)
  • Electricity (25.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (11.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.7%)
  • Wood (1.5%)
  • Electricity (75.8%)
  • Utility gas (17.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.6%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (0.8%)
  • Wood (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 22,465
Here:

12.6%
Washington:

9.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 8,931
Here:

10.2%
Washington:

7.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 17,236
Here:

17.5%
Washington:

15.7%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

King County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Sewerage: $200,765,000
    Transit Utilities: $130,782,000
    Regular Highways: $38,669,000
    General Public Buildings: $13,393,000
    Parks and Recreation: $8,928,000
    Air Transportation: $7,345,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,624,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,334,000
    Corrections - Other: $784,000
    Hospitals: $723,000
    Health - Other: $221,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $179,000
    General - Other: $120,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $86,000
    Central Staff Services: $72,000
    Correctional Institutions: $16,000
    Financial Administration: $4,000
    Police Protection: $1,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $318,312,000
    Transit Utilities: $154,394,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $152,789,000
    Correctional Institutions: $118,835,000
    Police Protection: $116,847,000
    Sewerage: $101,452,000
    General - Other: $96,577,000
    Solid Waste Management: $77,820,000
    Regular Highways: $70,982,000
    Financial Administration: $49,346,000
    Central Staff Services: $42,267,000
    Parks and Recreation: $37,852,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $21,424,000
    Air Transportation: $11,303,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,781,000
    General Public Buildings: $7,984,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $7,668,000
    Corrections - Other: $7,061,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,642,000
    Hospitals: $180,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $163,301,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Health - Other: $24,205,000
    Housing and Community Development: $18,147,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,114,000
    Parks and Recreation: $816,000
    Local Fire Protection: $132,000
    Regular Highways: $55,000
    General - Other: $43,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $19,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Transit Utilities: $150,607,000
    Sewerage: $21,129,000
    Solid Waste Management: $5,926,000
    Parks and Recreation: $5,735,000
    General - Other: $4,469,000
    Police Protection: $3,879,000
    Regular Highways: $2,279,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,168,000
    Health - Other: $1,118,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,031,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $505,000
    General Public Building: $349,000
    Correctional Institutions: $310,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $276,000
    Air Transportation: $275,000
    Financial Administration: $195,000
    Housing and Community Development: $56,000
    Corrections - Other: $48,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $8,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $764,475,000
  • Transit Utilities - Interest on Debt: $5,046,000

King County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $243,644,000
    All Other: $124,210,000
    Solid Waste Management: $89,059,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $17,776,000
    Air Transportation: $10,767,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,954,000
    Regular Highways: $6,080,000
    Housing and Community Development: $466,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Transit Utilities: $87,371,000
    Housing and Community Development: $15,607,000
    All Other: $10,898,000
    Health and Hospitals: $9,120,000
    Air Transportation: $6,352,000
    Sewerage: $3,301,000
    Highways: $925,000
    Public Welfare: $789,000
    Natural Resources: $681,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $59,546,000
    Health and Hospitals: $44,578,000
    Highways: $10,125,000
    Housing and Community Development: $4,490,000
    Sewerage: $62,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $50,877,000
    Rents: $10,252,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $8,359,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $7,604,000
    Sale of Property: $4,064,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,762,000
    Special Assessments: $929,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $130,988,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $177,641,000
    All Other: $40,312,000
    Highways: $34,510,000
    Sewerage: $11,409,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,931,000
    Education: $123,000
    Housing and Community Development: $53,000
  • Tax - Property: $446,098,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $431,219,000
    Other Selective Sales: $99,720,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $8,049,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $6,773,000
    Other License: $6,588,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,878,000
    NEC: $2,418,000
    Public Utility License: $1,433,000
    Amusements License: $17,000

King County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,007,291,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,905,310,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $243,553,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $141,572,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $160,000,000
    Beginning: $146,370,000

King County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $332,169,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $824,648,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $218,024,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

King County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

King County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 373 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED7,199$300,33112,500$343,05170,489$295,3341,920$190,058214$3,712,7384,366$264,106487$179,908
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED466$285,6181,424$350,6057,647$302,114317$93,6157$3,835,143619$257,52081$138,642
APPLICATIONS DENIED1,027$277,9842,233$357,57418,165$327,081841$164,34142$1,717,9761,756$264,871286$152,594
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN931$288,4181,588$360,37312,828$312,643474$183,74340$3,180,3251,077$259,523113$193,478
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS137$300,489294$407,9082,839$320,489170$192,4533$728,000215$268,76725$211,080
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 358 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,517$318,7871,119$318,34814$282,3570$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED449$322,216509$317,70722$272,3182$297,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED294$308,092376$316,91515$221,8002$256,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN144$315,000161$313,8203$182,6670$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS37$343,64939$313,6158$318,1250$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in King County, WA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John8,86274.9 years
William7,04374.8 years
Mary6,65380.3 years
Robert6,45971.5 years
James5,34471.9 years
George4,57776.6 years
Charles4,24075.1 years
Helen3,93681.4 years
Margaret3,75180.6 years
Dorothy3,44779.4 years
Most common last names in King County, WA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson3,90477.0 years
Smith3,22976.4 years
Anderson2,60777.1 years
Brown1,72775.8 years
Miller1,62976.1 years
Nelson1,57277.9 years
Williams1,53974.7 years
Jones1,52274.6 years
Peterson1,28378.6 years
Wilson1,20476.8 years
Businesses in King County, WA
NameCountNameCount
24 Hour Fitness14Jones New York32
7-Eleven98Journeys4
ALDO3Justice3
AMF Bowling2KFC26
AT&T47Kincaid3
Abercrombie & Fitch3Kmart2
Abercrombie Kids1Knights Inn2
Ace Hardware21Kohl's3
Aeropostale6Kroger80
Aerosoles3LA Fitness13
Albertsons20La Quinta3
American Eagle Outfitters7La-Z-Boy2
Ann Taylor9Lane Bryant7
Apple Store3Lane Furniture17
Applebee's9LensCrafters7
Arby's14Levi Strauss & Co.2
Ashley Furniture1Little Caesars Pizza16
Audi2Long John Silver's2
AutoZone10Lowe's10
Avenue3Macy's8
BMW2Marriott22
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill2Marshalls5
Bally Total Fitness3MasterBrand Cabinets95
Banana Republic7Maurices1
Barnes & Noble9Mazda4
Baskin-Robbins43McDonald's74
Bath & Body Works11Men's Wearhouse6
Baymont Inn1Motel 65
Bebe1Motherhood Maternity11
Bed Bath & Beyond8New Balance38
Ben & Jerry's4New York & Co1
Bentleymotors.Com1Nike123
Best Western8Nissan4
Big O Tires3Nordstrom9
Blockbuster33Office Depot12
Brooks Brothers2OfficeMax7
Brookstone3Old Country Buffet3
Budget Car Rental6Old Navy5
Burger King24Olive Garden3
Cache3Outback4
Carl\s Jr.2Outback Steakhouse6
Casual Male XL2Pac Sun9
Catherines3Panda Express11
Charlotte Russe1Panera Bread9
Chevrolet11Papa John's Pizza20
Chico's7Payless20
Chipotle10Penske10
Chuck E. Cheese's2PetSmart7
Church's Chicken2Pier 1 Imports10
Cinnabon 3Pizza Hut26
Circle K13Plato's Closet2
Clarion3Popeyes2
Clarks4Pottery Barn2
Cold Stone Creamery11Pottery Barn Kids1
Coldwater Creek2Qdoba Mexican Grill14
Comfort Inn7Quality5
Comfort Suites2Quiznos44
Costco8RadioShack35
Crate & Barrel2Ramada1
Crossland Economy Studios1Red Lobster1
Curves19Red Robin16
DHL35Red Roof Inn1
Dairy Queen20Rite Aid45
Days Inn7Rodeway Inn2
Deb1Rue211
Decora Cabinetry4Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing2
Dennys15SAS Shoes3
Discount Tire11Safeway51
Domino's Pizza23Sam's Club3
DressBarn6Sears15
Dressbarn5Sephora5
Econo Lodge3Sheraton2
Eddie Bauer8Skechers USA4
Ethan Allen2Sleep Inn1
Express4Soma Intimates3
Extended Stay America6Spencer Gifts2
Extended Stay Deluxe2Sprint Nextel24
Famous Footwear10Staples12
Fashion Bug2Starbucks268
FedEx274Subaru6
Finish Line4Subway118
Firestone Complete Auto Care17Super 83
Foot Locker4T-Mobile83
Ford9T.J.Maxx5
Forever 214Taco Bell31
GNC38Talbots2
GameStop23Target10
Gap9The Cheesecake Factory3
Goodwill3The Limited1
Gymboree7The Room Place6
H&M3Torrid2
H&R Block61Toyota7
Haworth2Toys"R"Us7
Hawthorn1Trader Joe's10
Hilton15Travelodge6
Holiday Inn9True Value12
Hollister Co.3U-Haul68
Home Depot12UPS299
Homestead Studio Suites3Urban Outfitters3
Honda6Vans27
Hot Topic2Verizon Wireless22
Howard Johnson1Victoria's Secret9
Hyatt3Village Inn1
IHOP10Volkswagen5
IKEA1Vons56
IZOD1Walgreens37
J. Jill2Walmart5
J.Crew4Wendy's22
JCPenney3Westin2
Jack In The Box38Wet Seal3
Jamba Juice20Whole Foods Market5
Jimmy John's22YMCA16
JoS. A. Bank3Z Gallerie1
Johnny Rockets5

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