US Census http://kplu.org en Poverty rate appears to be rising in Washington http://kplu.org/post/poverty-rate-appears-be-rising-washington <p>The number of Americans living below the official federal poverty line stayed steady last year. That was a surprise to most experts, who predicted it would rise for the fourth year in a row.&nbsp;</p><p>Still, poverty is near it’s highest rate since the modern welfare system began in the 1960s. And, the rate in Washington state appears to be rising.</p><p>Currently, about 850,000 people in Washington are officially poor. Poverty is defined by a certain income level – which was adopted back in 1959 and gets adjusted for inflation. Today, it’s about $23,000 for a family of four.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:11:30 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6323 at http://kplu.org Gaining health insurance nationally, not in Washington http://kplu.org/post/gaining-health-insurance-nationally-not-washington <p>Despite the difficult economy, <a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb12-172.html">more Americans have health insurance than a year ago</a>, according to newly released census data. One reason: the new “Obamacare” law allows young adults, up to age 26, to stay on their parents’ insurance. Many others qualified for government programs in 2011, such as Medicaid and Medicare.</p><p>The pattern is different, though, in Washington state.</p><p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 02:06:31 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6314 at http://kplu.org Gaining health insurance nationally, not in Washington Census Bureau: Poverty rate in NW rose sharply then leveled off http://kplu.org/post/census-bureau-poverty-rate-nw-rose-sharply-then-leveled <p>Nearly one in six Americans lives in poverty, but the numbers are a little better in Northwest states. That&#39;s the headline from the latest population survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:35:54 +0000 Tom Banse 2617 at http://kplu.org Idaho more youthful, Oregon grayer than national median age http://kplu.org/post/idaho-more-youthful-oregon-grayer-national-median-age <p>The American West is home to more young people than any other region of the country according to new data from the U.S. Census. Still there are differences in the age demographics within our region. Mon, 30 May 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 1693 at http://kplu.org Idaho more youthful, Oregon grayer than national median age Census: Washington’s Latino population jumps 71% http://kplu.org/post/census-washington%E2%80%99s-latino-population-jumps-71 <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954327.mp3</p><p>Washington&#39;s Latino population grew 71% in the last decade. That&#39;s according to newly released <a href="http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/cb11-cn45.html">2010 Census Data</a>. The dramatic rise has implications for how Washington redraws its Congressional districts.</p><p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:31:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 866 at http://kplu.org Census: Washington’s Latino population jumps 71% Monday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/monday-mornings-headlines-7 <p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Prison Guard's Memorial Tomorrow</strong></li><li><strong>Pierce County Misses Out on Thousands in Census Count</strong></li><li><strong>Seattle Planning for Memorial to Native Woodcarver</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Service for Officer Jayme Biendl on Tuesday</strong></p><p>Thousands of mourners are expected at Everett's Comcast Center tomorrow for Officer Jayme Biendl's memorial. The Monroe Correctional Center guard was killed two weeks ago in the prison's chapel. An inmate, serving a three-strikes felony life term remains the prime suspect. The Herald of Everett reports <a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110207/NEWS01/702079943">the service will touch many lives, and many Snohomish County communities</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A motorcade is planned, with the route visiting the Monroe Correctional Complex where Biendl worked and then heading into Everett on U.S. 2. That journey is expected to last from about 10:30 am. to noon.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 15:09:19 +0000 KPLU News Staff 727 at http://kplu.org Monday morning's headlines Washington gets a tenth seat in Congress http://kplu.org/post/washington-gets-tenth-seat-congress <p>The new US Census data is out, and Washington is among eight states to add a seat in Congress. <a href="http://www.commerce.gov/about-commerce/commerce-leadership/secretary-gary-locke">Commerce Secretary Gary Locke</a> announced the 2010 data this morning.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:59:58 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 407 at http://kplu.org Monday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/monday-mornings-headlines-3 <p><em>Washington Ready to Add a Congressional Seat, while two western Washington Congressmen prepare for leading defense roles, and gay and lesbian service members mark the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 15:08:07 +0000 KPLU News Staff 395 at http://kplu.org Monday morning's headlines Washington may gain Congressional seat with unveiling of census data http://kplu.org/post/washington-may-gain-congressional-seat-unveiling-census-data <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px;">On Tuesday, the U.S. Census releases the first numbers from the 2010 population count. The first round of data will be used to reallocate Congressional seats among the states.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Top line numbers will be released tomorrow for the nation as a whole and for individual states. That’s all the info you need to redistribute proportionally the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 14:15:24 +0000 Tom Banse 396 at http://kplu.org Washington may gain Congressional seat with unveiling of census data