King County, WA

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2022 Population
2.25M
0.602% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
37.2
0.27% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
8.45%
0.234% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$116,340
9.42% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$761,500
16.8% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
1.24M
0.833% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, King County, WA had a population of 2.25M people with a median age of 37.2 and a median household income of $116,340. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of King County, WA grew from 2.24M to 2.25M, a 0.602% increase and its median household income grew from $106,326 to $116,340, a 9.42% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in King County, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (55.9%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (19.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.53%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.4%), and Other (Hispanic) (4.01%).

None of the households in King County, 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.

87% of the residents in King County, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in King County, WA are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (15,671 degrees awarded in 2022), Seattle University (2,496 degrees), and Bellevue College (2,387 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in King County, WA was $761,500, and the homeownership rate was 56.2%.

Most people in King County, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 28.9 minutes. The average car ownership in King County, WA was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

King County, WA is home to a population of 2.25M people, from which 87% are citizens. As of 2022, 24.4% of King County, WA residents were born outside of the country (549k people).

In 2022, there were 2.89 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.26M people) in King County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 435k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 147k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

87%
2022 Citizenship
87.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 87% of King County, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in King County, WA was 87.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in King County, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.26M ± 2.14k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    435k ± 3.37k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    147k ± 4.84k
10.2%
Hispanic Population
229k people

In 2022, there were 2.89 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.26M people) in King County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 435k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 147k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

10.2% of the people in King County, WA are hispanic (229k people).

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

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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

24.4%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
549k people
24.2%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
541k people

As of 2022, 24.4% of King County, WA residents (549k 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 King County, WA was 24.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    28,020 ± 1,235
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    21,751 ± 1,384
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    14,240 ± 1,052

King County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.29 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of King County, WA employs 1.24M people. The largest industries in King County, WA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (218,382 people), Retail Trade (150,788 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (144,233 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($146,458), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($125,123), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($124,035).

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

1.24M
2022 Value
± 9,102
0.833%
1 Year growth
± 1.04%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in King County, WA grew at a rate of 0.833%, from 1.23M employees to 1.24M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in King County, WA, are Management Occupations (179,200 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (147,328 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (103,742 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of King County, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

1.24M
2022 Value
± 9,102
0.833%
1 Year growth
± 1.04%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in King County, WA grew at a rate of 0.833%, from 1.23M employees to 1.24M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in King County, WA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (218,382 people), Retail Trade (150,788 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (144,233 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of King County, WA, though some of these residents may live in King County, 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

$81,537
Median earning men ± $754
$56,197
Median earning women ± $580

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($159,842), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($128,532), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($102,430).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($112,969), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($84,157), and Public Administration ($76,394).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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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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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 31,110
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 18,565
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 15,318
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in King County, WA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 75% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (22.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.5%).

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.

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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 King County, WA awarded 36,700 degrees. The student population of King County, WA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 57,664 male students and 68,315 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in King County, WA are White (15,423 and 47.6%), followed by Asian (7,000 and 21.6%), Hispanic or Latino (3,584 and 11.1%), and Two or More Races (2,528 and 7.81%).

The largest universities in King County, WA by number of degrees awarded are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (15,671 and 42.7%), Seattle University (2,496 and 6.8%), and Bellevue College (2,387 and 6.5%).

The most popular majors in King County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (4,127 and 11.2%), Registered Nursing (1,333 and 3.63%), and General Business Administration & Management (1,145 and 3.12%).

The median tuition costs in King County, WA are $31,725 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 King County, WA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 57.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 25.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 125,979 (45.8% men and 54.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 125,979 students enrolled in King County, WA, 45.8% men and 54.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 45,371 records, of which 56.3% were women and 43.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 886 degrees awarded
  2. 717 degrees awarded
  3. 565 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in King County, WA was Computer Science with 886 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in King County, 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. 2,387 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, 15,166 men were awarded degrees from institutions in King County, WA, which is 0.704 times less than the 21,534 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 15,423 degrees mean that there were 2.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 7,000 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($34,350) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($600) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,096) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

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.

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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 King County, WA was $761,500 in 2022, which is 2.7 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $651,900 to $761,500, a 16.8% increase. The homeownership rate in King County, WA is 56.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in King County, WA have an average commute time of 28.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in King County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in King County, WA is $116,340. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in King County, WA was Census Tract 241 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 245 and Census Tract 246.01, with respective values of $250,001 and $250,001.

In 2022, 17.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in King County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.864%.

Property

$761,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,655
$514,957
Median Property Taxes
±$5,051

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 King County, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

56.2%
Homeownership
2022
64.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 56.2% of the housing units in King County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 56.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 241
  2. Census Tract 245
  3. Census Tract 246.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in King County, WA was Census Tract 241 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 245 and Census Tract 246.01, with respective values of $250,001 and $250,001.

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

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Household Income

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$116,340
Median Household Income
± $862
916k
Number of Households
± 7,864

In 2022, the median household income of the 916k households in King County, WA grew to $116,340 from the previous year's value of $106,326.

The following chart displays the households in King County, 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 King County, 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 (53.3%)
  2. Worked At Home (22.6%)
  3. Public Transit (9.29%)

In 2022, 53.3% of workers in King County, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (22.6%) and those who used public transit to get to work (9.29%).

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Commute Time

28.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in King County, WA have a longer commute time (28.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.06% of the workforce in King County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 17.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in King County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.864%.

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Poverty & Diversity

8.45% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in King County, WA (188k out of 2.22M 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 Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in King County, WA is White, followed by Asian and Hispanic.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 8% of the children was living in poverty in King County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 341 in King County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 11.6 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.7% of the population of King County, WA has health coverage, with 60.7% on employee plans, 12.7% on Medicaid, 9.65% on Medicare, 11% on non-group plans, and 0.676% 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.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.1% were men and 49.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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 21% under 18 years, 25.3% between 18 and 34 years, 40.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.1% were men and 49.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.31%
Uninsured
60.7%
Employer Coverage
12.7%
Medicaid
9.65%
Medicare
11%
Non-Group
0.676%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in King County, WA declined by 1.04% from 5.37% to 5.31%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 35.1 in King County, WA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 22.3% in King County, WA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 6.28% in King County, WA.

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