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From the Census: Same-sex households in WA and ID

Washington has more than 24,000 households headed by same-sex couples and Idaho has about 3,200, based on recently released data from the 2010 Census.
An analysis by the Williams Institute at the UCLA Law School says King County has the most highest number of same-sex couple households in Washington and the highest rate for every 1,000 households, with Vashon and Seattle leading the list of cities among those households. In Idaho, Ada County and Boise have the highest number of same-sex households but the highest rate, nearly 14 of every 1,000 households, is in Benewah County.
Neither Spokane nor Kootenai County show up on any of the “top five lists.”
Three of four households in Idaho and four of five in Washington are not raising children, the institute said. Almost three-fourths of those households in Idaho are headed by women. In Washington the split is a bit more even, with 60 percent headed by two women and 40 percent by two men.

Redrawing the lines: How the commissioner districts stack up

Here's some extra detail on Spokane County Commissioner Districts developed for Sunday's story. For a larger version, click on the link below. (Individual population numbers are in each precinct.)

To read the story, go inside the blog.


Redrawing the lines: How council districts stack up

This map provides some extra details for Sunday's story on local redistricting. For a larger version, click on the link below. (The population numbers are in each precinct.)

To read the story, go inside the blog.


Friday factoid: More women than men

The U.S. Census Bureau released another pile of data this week from tghe 2010 headcount, and the tabulation of American residents by gender revealed the unsurprising fact there are more women than men in the United States.

But there are more boys than girls.

For all age groups, there are roughly 5 million fewer male Americans than female Americans (149.5 million to 154.8 million).

But when breaking it down by age groups, the male numbers are larger from infancy through age 29. At age 30, women pull ahead slightly, and get farther ahead with each five-year increment. By age 85 and older, they're approaching 2-to-1, with 1.6 million men and 3.1 million women.

For the Census Bureau's latest info on "Age and Sex in the United States" (which is not as risque as it sounds), click here.

Post Falls Leads Population Surge

Post Falls added 10,337 residents during the past decade and broke into the ranks of the state’s top 10 cities with 27,574 people, according to data released Thursday. Coeur d’Alene has 44,137 people, and the city of Hayden shot past the 10,000 population mark to reach 13,294. Spirit Lake also grew – adding 569 new residents – to 1,945. Rathdrum added 2,010 residents and now tallies 6,826 residents. The cities helped Kootenai County retain its rank as Idaho’s third-largest county, with 138,494 residents/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.

Question: Will Post Falls catch up to Coeur d'Alene in population within 20 years?

Census: Idaho’s growth uneven in past decade

U.S. Census data for Idaho is out, and it shows that Idaho's population has grown 21.1 percent in the past 10 years to 1,587,582. The state's Hispanic population grew by 73 percent, while its non-Hispanic population grew by 16.7 percent; still, 89.1 percent of Idahoans are white. The state's five most-populated counties: Ada, 392,365, up 40.4 percent; Canyon, 188,923, up 43.7 percent; Kootenai, 183,494, up 27.4 percent; Bonneville, 104,234, up 26.3 percent; and Bannock, 82,839, up 9.6 percent. Eight Idaho counties lost population in the past decade: Shoshone, Clearwater, Elmore, Clark, Butte, Minidoka, Caribou and Bear Lake.

The state's biggest city, by far, is still Boise, at 205,671. It's followed by Nampa at 81,557; Meridian, 75,092; Idaho Falls, 56,813; and Pocatello, 54,255. Coeur d'Alene ranks 7th at 44,137, and Post Falls 10th at 27,574, a whopping 59.9 percent jump for that city in the past 10 years. Here's a link to the Spokesman-Review's interactive mapping and analysis site for the Idaho census data.

2010 Census: One more legislative district map

Here's a Spokane metro-area map generated for last night's post with a slightly different color key, as well as population figures.

2010 Census: Another legislative district map

Last night's post discussed the population in Washington's legislative districts and had a statewide map. But we also generated more local maps for analysis. Here's a Spokane County map tied to the same color key.

District  2010 population Growth since 2000 Difference from ideal 2012 size  Rank by population
3rd District (central Spokane city, includes Hillyard, Northtown, West Central, East Central, Logan, downtown, lower South Hill.)  120,601 314 -16,635 2nd smallest.
4th District (City of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood and areas north to Pend Oreille County line) 141,254 20,968 4,018 14th largest
6th District (Parts of Spokane city and county, including Whitworth, Indian Trail, Latah Creek, South Hill above 17th Avenue, parts of Moran Prairie, parts of West Plains east of Airway Heights) 141,123 20,830 3,887 15th largest
7th District (Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry, Lincoln counties, parts of Okanogan and Spokane counties, including Deer Park, Airway Heights, Fairchild Air Force Base and nearby portions of West Plains.)  130,475 10,185 6,761 15th smallest
9th District (Asotin, Garfield, Whitman, Adams counties, parts of Franklin and Spokane counties, including Cheney, Medical Lake, small towns and most of rural areas in the southern third of county.)  136,199 15,879 1,070 27th smallest

Redistricting: Lege districts may be the hard ones

Spokane-area legislative boundaries could change significantly by next year to make up for population shifts from the city’s urban core to the suburbs.

While much of the attention so far on the 2010 U.S. Census figures has centered on Washington gaining its tenth congressional district, the state’s Redistricting Commission may have even more work to do on redrawing legislative districts. The state isn’t adding to the 49 legislative districts it has had since 1933.

“Ten is easier than 49. There’s more areas to quibble over,” Dean Foster, a member of this year’s commission and the 2000 panel that redrew lines after the previous census…

Click here to read the rest of this post or to comment.

Click here to see a detailed map of Spokane County.

Click here to see a detailed map of the Spokane metro area.

Census: Idaho 4th fastest-growing state

Idaho is the fourth-fastest-growing state, according to 2010 Census results released today, even though the state's population growth in the past decade was slower than the previous decade. Idaho gained 21 percent more residents for a 2010 population of 1,567,582, which is 273,629 more than in 2000. Nationwide, the population grew 9.7 percent since the last Census.

The census showed the U.S. population shifting from the northeast and midwest to the south and west; states that gained an additional congressional seat included Washington, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, while those losing seats included Iowa, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Twelve seats shifted in 18 states, but there was no change in Idaho. The census also showed that Idaho ranked 46th in the nation for population density, with just 19 people per square mile; Wyoming was the least-dense at 5.8 people per mile. Here's a link to a map showing every state's percentage population change; Nevada's was the highest, at 35.1 percent, while Utah and Arizona both edged out Idaho with 23.8 and 24.6 percent growth, respectively.

Where WA gained a little, where it gained a lot


Washington gets a new congressional district, upping its population in the U.S. House of Representatives from nine to 10, Census Bureau officials announced today.

Politicians all over the state, from  Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, to Luke Esser, state Republican Party chairman, are thrilled. And why not? It will create a whole new congressional race in 2012.

"At a critical time in our nation’s history, not only do I welcome the additional representation in our nation’s Capitol, I am pleased Washington state’s share of federal funding to support critical programs like Medicaid and education will also increase," Gregoire said.

Esser had a slightly different take: "An additional congressional seat gives our state the opportunity to send another voice to Congress to advocate for limited and fiscally conservative federal government. This year our state helped to fire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House…

Spokane ahead of King, Pierce…in census returns

About two-thirds of Spokane County has returned its census forms, which makes it tied for third among Washington counties in the quasi competition to get the forms filled out and turned in.

At the top are Clallam and Jefferson counties, at 70 percent. Next come Spokane and Asotin counties at 67 percent. Must be something about living on the eastern shore of the Puget Sound, because King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are all at 62 percent.

Among cities, Spokane is on top, tied with Olympia and Wenatchee, at 66 percent, so get at the foam hands with the index figure held high.

A list of cities, from the regional Census Bureau office, is inside the blog. It’s in no particular order, (OK, it’s a very Western Washington view of things with Seattle on top…we’d rearrange them numerically or alphabetically, but it’s really not worth the time)


Census help centers open

Questionnaire Assistance Centers have begun opening across the country and in the Inland Northwest for people who need help filling out the 2010 census form.

Coeur d’Alene locations include the St. Vincent de Paul HELP Center, 201 E. Harrison Ave., and the Idaho Department of Labor, 1221 W. Ironwood. Spokane’s 17 locations include the STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave., Goodwill Industries, 202 E. Third Ave., and the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt.

Nationwide, the U.S. Census Bureau will staff more than 30,000 of the centers, where people can get help with the forms in multiple languages. They are scheduled to operate through April 19, depending on the level of assistance needed. The locations can be found at www.2010census.gov.

Will Spokane maintain its edge as Washington’s second city?


When Census forms arrive in the mail this week, remember, pride may be at stake.

In the middle part of the last decade, fears rose that Spokane would lose its rank as Washington’s second largest city. But Spokane ended the Aughts (is that what we’re calling them?) about where it started — about 2,000 people ahead of Tacoma, at least according to state estimates

Census figures, however, are what counts most. The numbers for 2010 won’t be released until next year.

Yi Zhao, Washington’s chief demographer, said that because Spokane has about 8,000 more residential units than Tacoma, it appears unlikely that Tacoma will pass Spokane in the near future. But, she added: “You never know.”