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King County, Washington (WA)

County population in 2014: 2,079,967 (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: 978 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in King County: 114.2 (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: 1,036,176  (49.8%)
Females: 1,043,791  (50.2%)

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):

  • Murders: 8
  • Rapes: 125
  • Robberies: 156
  • Assaults: 374
  • Burglaries: 2666
  • Thefts: 5374
  • Auto thefts: 2136

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

  • Murders: 13
  • Rapes: 136
  • Robberies: 210
  • Assaults: 340
  • Burglaries: 2751
  • Thefts: 5590
  • Auto thefts: 1900
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Health of residents in King County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.7. This is better than average.
84.1% of residents exercised in the past month. This is more than average.
41.7% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
81.8% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
77.9% 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 160 pounds. This is about average.
21.2% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is about 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
  • 2010: 2578 buildings, average cost: $273,700
  • 2011: 2765 buildings, average cost: $284,200
  • 2012: 3864 buildings, average cost: $293,300
  • 2013: 4419 buildings, average cost: $321,100
  • 2014: 4215 buildings, average cost: $350,700

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 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

2012 air pollution in King County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.230 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.020 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Significantly below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 11.1 µg/m3. Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 6.4 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Below U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.001 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Snohomish County , Prairie County, Montana , Mahnomen County, Minnesota , Pennington County, Minnesota .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.9%
Washington:

4.8%

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:

  • One, detached: 423,328
  • One, attached: 23,838
  • Two: 15,831
  • 3 or 4: 31,428
  • 5 to 9: 49,573
  • 10 to 19: 57,782
  • 20 or more: 120,380
  • Mobile homes: 18,539
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 1,538

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

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:

  • WashingtonSevere Winter Storm, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: January 11, 2011 to January 21, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1963): March 25, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1963, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • WashingtonSevere Winter Storm, Landslides, Mudslides, and Flooding, Incident Period: January 6, 2009 to January 16, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1817): January 30, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1817, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • WashingtonSevere Winter Storm and Record and Near Record Snow, Incident Period: December 12, 2008 to January 5, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1825): March 2, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1825, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snow
  • WashingtonSevere Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 1, 2007 to December 17, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1734): December 8, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1734, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • WashingtonSevere Winter Storm, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 14, 2006 to December 15, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1682): February 14, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1682, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide
  • WashingtonSevere Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: November 2, 2006 to November 11, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1671): December 12, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1671, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • WashingtonHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3227): September 7, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3227, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • WashingtonSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: October 15, 2003 to October 23, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1499): November 7, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1499, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • WashingtonEarthquake, Incident Period: February 28, 2001 to March 16, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1361): March 1, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1361, Natural disaster type: Earthquake
  • WashingtonSevere Storms/Flooding/Landslides/Mudslides, Incident Period: March 18, 1997 to March 28, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1172): April 2, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1172, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • 16 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

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
  • Health care and social assistance (16%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

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 2014: 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 2014: 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 2013: 4.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in King County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 13.7%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.1%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in King County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in King County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 214,234 (185,284 aged, 28,950 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 24,976 (6%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in King County, Washington in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (11507)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (11438)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (10558)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (7901)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (7669)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (6603)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (6130)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (3537)
  • Pancreas, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2946)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2910)

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
  • In family households: 1,455,162 (324,509 male householders, 137,001 female householders)
    357,491 spouses, 491,900 children (462,739 natural, 12,743 adopted, 16,418 stepchildren), 22,208 grandchildren, 21,116 brothers or sisters, 17,956 parents, 25,527 other relatives, 45,636 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 438,956 (162,683 male householders (115,616 living alone)), 165,039 female householders (129,083 living alone)), 111,234 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 37,131 (10,490 institutionalized population)

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:

  • This state: 745973
  • Northeast: 91498
  • Midwest: 198908
  • South: 110848
  • West: 296917

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:

  • Total number of recipients: 30,999
  • Number of aged recipients: 6,969
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 24,030
  • Number of recipients under 18: 2,635
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 17,227
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 11,137
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 7,166
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 15,643
King County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

King County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
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

King County on our top lists:

  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other adherents"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents"