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At a glance, King County is a great place to live, learn, work, and play.


Highly educated - people 25+ years old with Bachelor's degree or higher:

Low unemployment - employment rate (Dec. 2013):

Strong household income - median household income:

Good health - obese adults:

Good health - adults currently smoking:

High life expectancy - life expectancy at birth:

Diverse and global community - people of color:

Diverse and global community - foreign born:

Diverse and global community - people (5+ years old) who speak a language other than English at home:

But when you look closer, significant portions of our community are being left behind.


Education - on-time high school graduation rates:
Unemployment - 2010-2012:
  • BY RACE - U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2010-2012. Prepared by King County, Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget; Jan. 2014.
  • BY PLACE - Unemployment Rate by School District, US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2010-2012. Prepared by King County, Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget; Jan. 2014.
Income - annual household income:
  • BY RACE - Communities Count: Median Income - Race/Ethnicity.
  • BY PLACE - U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2007-2011 Combined. Prepared by: Public Health-Seattle & King County; Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit; April 2013.
Health - adult obesity (2008-2012):
  • BY RACE - Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2008-2012. Prepared by: Public Health - Seattle & King County, Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit, Feb. 2014.
  • BY PLACE - Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2008-2012. Prepared by: Public Health - Seattle & King County, Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit, Feb. 2014.
Health - adults without healthcare insurance before Affordable Care Act enrollment (2011):
Life expectancy:
  • BY RACE - Public Health-Seattle & King County. Prepared by: Public Health-Seattle & King County; Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit; Jan. 2014.
  • BY PLACE - US Census Bureau, Census 2010; 2007-2011 American Community Survey. Public Health-Seattle & King County. Prepared by: Public Health-Seattle & King County; Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit; Jan. 2014.

Race and place matter in King County


Community quality of life:
  • Combined “BY PLACE” data - see above.
  • Communities of Color - U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010; 2007-2011 American Community Survey. Public Health-Seattle & King County. Prepared by: Public Health-Seattle & King County; Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit; Jan. 2014
What do all residents need to reach their full potential?

14 determinants of equity - the conditions King County has identified that each of us need to thrive:
For King County, flourishing communities are rooted in the determinants of equity:

Inequities hurt everyone


When people lack access to these determinants, they lack opportunity, resulting in increased costs and impacts to the greater community:
King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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