Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific
How we live: homes, commutes, education
The newest release of Census 2000 figures for Washington state provides new detail on housing, transportation even divorce rates. Below are some snapshots of the newest census information from the long-form questionnaire. An estimated 1 million residents answered the survey.
We're paying more to own our homes
With a booming real-estate market, Puget Sound homeowners are spending more on their homes. Nearly 1 in 5 homeowners are putting more than 35 percent of their income toward housing costs.
Monthly owner costs as a percentage of income (in King, Snohomish, Pierce)
Top 10 percentages of homes with 9 rooms or more:*
For comparison: Washington State: 11%
1. Clyde Hill: 56%
Over the past 20 years, average commute times have steadily gotten longer. However, times in Pierce and Snohomish counties have increased almost twice as fast as the average commute in King County. The figures below show how many minutes a typical commute takes.
Top 10 cities ranked by percentage of people 25 and over with graduate or professional credentials:
For comparison: Washington state: 9%
1. Pullman (not shown on map): 33%
Despite gains, median income for women was three-quarters of what their male counterparts earned in Washington.
Some of Washington's smallest towns also have high divorce rates. Tops is Friday Harbor, where more than 1 in every 5 people were divorced at the time of the survey.
Top 10 cities ranked by percentage of people 15 and over who were divorced:
For comparison: Washington state: 11%
1. Friday Harbor: 22%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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