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Educational attainment (mapped by county)

Percent high school graduates

Population Age 25 and Above, 2015


Whitman (95.7 percent), Garfield (95.6 percent), and San Juan (95.4 percent) Counties had the highest percentages of high school graduates.

Adams (66.6 percent), Yakima (71.9 percent), and Franklin (73.6 percent) County had the lowest percentages of high school graduates.

Languages spoken at home (mapped by county)

Percent in households where English is spoken less than "very well"

Population Age 5 and Above, 2015

The smallest share of population where English was spoken less than "Very Well" was in Lincoln and Wahkiakum counties. The highest share was in Adams County where 27.1 percent of persons were in this category.

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State & local government revenue sources

Washington state & local government revenue sources, Fiscal Year 2014

($ millions)

Poverty rate for single-parent families headed by a female householder (mapped by county)


Klickitat County had the highest percentage of single mother families in poverty at 59.2 percent.

The lowest poverty rates for families headed by single mothers was found in Wahkiakum County at 17.0 percent.

State & local taxes per capita

Washington state & local taxes per capita

Inflation-Adjusted to 2014 Dollars

Fiscal Year

Taxes Per Capita

(Inflation-Adjusted to 2014 Dollars)

Corrections expenditures per capita

Washington State & Local Government Corrections Expenditures Per Capita

Inflation-Adjusted to 2014 Dollars

Revenue & expenditures trends

State economic, demographic, and social trends are related to one another and, in turn, affect government policies on spending and taxation. A strong economy, for example, attracts more people to the state, which in turn boosts state tax collections. At the same time, however, increases in population also put additional pressure on such areas of state responsibility as public schools, prisons, and social services. Social developments, such as crime rates and the incidence of teenage pregnancies, also contribute to demands on public resources.