Data and Reports
King County residents and elected officials depend on accurate data to conduct business and to make better decisions about county products and services. Staff of Performance, Strategy and Budget (PSB) are dedicated to provide reports and analysis that standardize the data used within King County and promote good decision-making.
Demographic Presentation: Here is a 2013 PowerPoint presentation to the King County Council describing recent demographic trends and the current ethnicity, language and income characteristics of King County residents.
Demographer and other staff within PSB prepare a set of annual and periodic reports about
County characteristics and trends. These reports draw on national and local sources, and they provide interpretive analysis of the application of these data sources within
County. Currently, there are four series of data reports, as described below. In addition, the Demographer responds to hundreds of data requests each year from within and outside
Census Information: On March 23, 2001 the U S Census Bureau released population counts from the 2000 Census that confirm
County growth in recent years. In April 2000, the Census counted 1,737,034 persons in
In the years since the 2000 decennial Census, the US Census Bureau has conducted a new sample of population characteristics called the American Community Survey (ACS). Beginning in 2009, OSPPM's "Census Information" page will report on the most recent ACS data for
County, summarizing demographic, economic, social and housing data.
King County Growth Report (Formerly called Annual Growth Report (AGR)): This document provides population and land development data for
County, its cities, and its unincorporated areas. The AGR, produced since 1983, has become one of
County's most widely used documents, presenting frequently requested information in an easily used format. The AGR contains growth trend data and maps of the past year's development with illustrative graphs and text.
In 2009, we have transformed the AGR from a printed document to a web based report. The tables, graphs and maps can now all be downloaded, printed and manipulated according to any user's needs. It is now called the King County Growth Report.
Note: The past years' King County Annual Growth Reports are available for viewing in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format. You will need to have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view the report files. You can download a free copy of the Acrobat Reader here or visit Adobe's site to get more information.
King County Benchmark Report: In 1995, elected officials and citizens throughout the County helped develop a set of 45 indicators, which directly relate to the policies in our countywide Growth Management plans. Our Benchmark Report reviews how we are doing on each indicator, giving us a broad-brush picture of our quality of life. Through the Report we've tried to find objective ways to determine if our quality of life is getting better or worse at the community level.
King County Buildable Lands Report: In 1997, the Washington State legislature adopted the Buildable Lands amendment to the Growth Management Act, (RCW 36.70A.215). The amendment requires six
Washington counties and their cities to determine the amount of land suitable for urban development, and evaluate the capacity for growth, based upon measurement of five years of actual development activity.
County and the other five counties must report to the State by September 1, 2002 and every five years thereafter.
Demographic Services: In addition to the report series listed above, the county demographer prepares occasional bulletins and reports on demographic subjects, for King County and its communities. Data are available from the 2000 US Census, recent surveys from the US Census Bureau, and many other sources.
For more information, please contact:
Chandler Felt, Demographer
Performance, Strategy and Budget