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Washington State Profile

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Population

  • With 6,287,759 residents in 2005, Washington is the 14th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Washington grew 6.7 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate above the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Washington is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 79.2% 78.8% 78.3% 77.9% 77.4% 77.1%
Hispanic, Latino 7.5% 7.8% 8.0% 8.3% 8.5% 8.8%
African-American 3.2% 3.2% 3.3% 3.3% 3.3% 3.3%
Native American, AK Native 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5%
Asian, Pacific Islander 6.0% 6.1% 6.3% 6.4% 6.6% 6.7%
Two or More Races 2.5% 2.6% 2.6% 2.7% 2.7% 2.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Washington - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The five largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Washington are Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Spokane, Bremerton-Silverdale, Yakima, and Olympia.
  • The Seattle MSA had a total population of 3,203,314 in 2005 – the 15th largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The population in Spokane was 440,706 – the 108th largest city in the U.S.
  • Bremerton had a population of 240,661 – the 178th largest MSA.
  • Yakima was the 182nd largest metropolitan area with 231,586 residents.
  • The estimated population of Olympia (the Capital of WA) in 2005 was 228,867 – the 185th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.

Washington - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Washington ranked 12th among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($35,401 per resident).
  • Washington’s personal income relative to the U.S. average declined from 107 percent in 1980 to the equal the U.S. average in 1985, then rose steadily to 106 percent of the U.S. average by 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Washington as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Washington per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Washington has the 22nd lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (11.9%) and the 20th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (15.1%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Washington - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Washington ranked 19th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (90.3%).
  • Washington ranked 13th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (31.5%) and 15th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (10.7%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Washington has higher percentages of adults who have completed college degrees (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Washington and the U.S. Average
Washington education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Washington - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Washington had the 11th highest unemployment rate of all states – 5.5 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Washington has larger percentages of its workforce employed in management, professional, and farming occupations and smaller percentages in the remaining categories of occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Relative to the U.S. average, Washington has slightly higher percentages of employment in public administration, professional, information, transportation retail, wholesale, and agriculture industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Washington ranked 2nd among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Washington - Health and Well-Being

  • Thirteen percent of Washington residents do not have health insurance – the 19th lowest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 22.1 percent of Washington residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – below the national average of 23.1 percent. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Washington, 201 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – slightly lower than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Washington residents (298 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complication from 2000 to 2002 – lower than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Washington ranked 14th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Washington - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Washington had the 27th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (344 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 4,849 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Washington – the second highest rate among states and well above the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Washington had the 8th lowest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 268 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Washington has remained below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Washington and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Washington and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Washington Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Washington ranges from $19,336 in Ferry County to $49,286 in King County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 12.5 percent in Pend Oreille County to 48.3 percent in Whitman County (a ratio of nearly 4 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

Washington Counties

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