Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
3.93M
1.48% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
37
0% 1-year change
2020 Poverty Rate
8.42%
6.21% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$90,790
4.53% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$471,900
8.21% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
2.06M
1.87% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA had a population of 3.93M people with a median age of 37 and a median household income of $90,790. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA grew from 3.87M to 3.93M, a 1.48% increase and its median household income grew from $86,856 to $90,790, a 4.53% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (62%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (14.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.02%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.77%), and White (Hispanic) (4.54%).

None of the households in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

90.2% of the residents in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (14,935 degrees awarded in 2020), Green River College (2,925 degrees), and Seattle University (2,534 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was $471,900, and the homeownership rate was 60.2%.

Most people in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 31 minutes. The average car ownership in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is home to a population of 3.93M people, from which 90.2% are citizens. As of 2020, 19.2% of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA residents were born outside of the country (754k people).

In 2020, there were 4.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.43M people) in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 553k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 236k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

90.2%
2020 Citizenship
90.5%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 90.2% of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was 90.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    2.43M ± 2.17k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    553k ± 3.79k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    236k ± 4.98k
10.3%
Hispanic Population
405k people

In 2020, there were 4.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.43M people) in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 553k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 236k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

10.3% of the people in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are hispanic (405k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the MSA level, so we are showing data for Washington.
Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    245,459 ± 11,963 people
  2. India
    87,443 ± 7,218 people
  3. China
    77,854 ± 6,815 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 245,459 Washington residents, followed by India with 87,443 and China with 77,854.

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Foreign-Born Population

19.2%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
754k people
18.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
722k people

As of 2020, 19.2% of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA residents (754k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was 18.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    70,362 ± 1,579
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    60,284 ± 2,043
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    34,648 ± 1,738

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.17 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA employs 2.06M people. The largest industries in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (262,643 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (260,196 people), and Retail Trade (247,007 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($100,908), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($96,283), and Utilities ($89,556).

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $61,193. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

2.06M
2020 Value
± 11,695
1.87%
1 Year growth
± 0.746%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA grew at a rate of 1.87%, from 2.03M employees to 2.06M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, are Management Occupations (258,509 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (204,607 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (185,231 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Washington (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

2.06M
2020 Value
± 11,695
1.87%
1 Year growth
± 0.746%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA grew at a rate of 1.87%, from 2.03M employees to 2.06M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (262,643 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (260,196 people), and Retail Trade (247,007 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, though some of these residents may live in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$62,558
Median earning men ± $516
$42,729
Median earning women ± $384

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Information ($111,952), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($94,972), and Public Administration ($80,998).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Information ($77,244), Public Administration ($61,803), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($61,770).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Washington. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Washington.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 44,815
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 26,773
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 23,240
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $75.4M
    Manufacturing
  2. $38.6M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $30.9M
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $105B
  2. $46.1B
  3. $35.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $105B, followed by Misc. mfg. prods. ($46.1B) and Mixed freight ($35.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Washington products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$500B
2020 Value in Washington
$980B
Projected 2050 Value in Washington
95.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Washington trade was $500B. This is expected to increase 95.8% to $980B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $34.9B
  2. $26.9B
  3. $23.3B

In 2020, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $34.9B, followed by California with $26.9B and Hawaii and $23.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Washington shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Washington over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Washington have changed over time starting in 2008.

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learningEducation

In 2020, universities in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA awarded 53,576 degrees. The student population of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 76,997 male students and 101,783 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are White (24,499 and 51.4%), followed by Asian (7,640 and 16%), Hispanic or Latino (4,987 and 10.5%), and Two or More Races (3,936 and 8.26%).

The largest universities in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA by number of degrees awarded are University of Washington-Seattle Campus (14,935 and 27.9%), Green River College (2,925 and 5.46%), and Seattle University (2,534 and 4.73%).

The most popular majors in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (8,249 and 15.4%), General Business Administration & Management (1,868 and 3.49%), and Registered Nursing (1,476 and 2.75%).

The median tuition costs in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA are $32,964 for private four year colleges, and $3,727 and $4,694 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2020 in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 67.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 23.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 178,780 (43.1% men and 56.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 178,780 students enrolled in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, 43.1% men and 56.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 75,085 records, of which 57.7% were women and 42.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 765 degree-majors awarded
  2. 711 degree-majors awarded
  3. 644 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was General Business Administration & Management with 765 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 14,935 degrees awarded
  2. 2,925 degrees awarded
  3. 2,534 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Washington-Seattle Campus with 14,935 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 23,110 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, which is 0.759 times less than the 30,466 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 24,499 degrees mean that there were 3.21 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 7,640 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($32,964) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($497) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($950) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.797% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.827% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were Some college (1.42M), High School or Equivalent (1.36M), and Bachelors Degree (1.26M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was $471,900 in 2020, which is 2.05 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $436,100 to $471,900, a 8.21% increase. The homeownership rate in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is 60.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA have an average commute time of 31 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is $90,790. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was King County, WA with a value of $99,158, followed by Snohomish County, WA and Kitsap County, WA, with respective values of $89,273 and $78,969.

Property

$471,900
Median Property Value 2020
±$2,171
$921,152
Median Property Taxes
±$6,578

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

60.2%
Homeownership
2020
65.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 60.2% of the housing units in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA was King County, WA with a value of $99,158, followed by Snohomish County, WA and Kitsap County, WA, with respective values of $89,273 and $78,969.

The following map shows all of the counties in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$90,790
Median Household Income
± $511
1.53M
Number of Households
± 9,788

In 2020, the median household income of the 1.53M households in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA grew to $90,790 from the previous year's value of $86,856.

The following chart displays the households in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is from Washington.
0.466
2020 Wage GINI in Washington
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2020, the income inequality in Washington was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.301% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (64.9%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.1%)
  3. Carpooled (9.79%)

In 2020, 64.9% of workers in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.1%) and those who carpooled to work (9.79%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

31 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA have a longer commute time (31 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.48% of the workforce in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

8.42% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (326k out of 3.87M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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94.4% of the population of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA has health coverage, with 57.2% on employee plans, 13.6% on Medicaid, 9.51% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.85% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Washington was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Washington see 1184 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0845% increase from the previous year (1183 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1198 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 251 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Washington, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,184 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Washington

Primary care physicians in Washington see an average of 1,184 patients per year. This represents a 0.0845% increase from the previous year (1,183 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Washington in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Washington across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.8% under 18 years, 23.8% between 18 and 34 years, 40.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

5.61%
Uninsured
57.2%
Employer Coverage
13.6%
Medicaid
9.51%
Medicare
12.2%
Non-Group
1.85%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA declined by 0.105% from 5.61% to 5.61%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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