Washington 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. The purpose of Washington Trends is to chart these elements which shape public and private life in Washington.

Budget drivers

Trends that affect government spending, including prison populations, medical costs, school and college enrollment, income assistance caseload, nursing home caseload and more.

Economic trends

Average wages, export activity, median home prices, personal income, unemployment rates, manufacturing employment, and wage and salary employment.

Population changes

Washington state population by race, age, gender, as well as data on migration and natural population increase.

Revenue and expenditures

State and local government revenues and expenditures per capita, by personal income, by function, and also comparing Washington with the other states.

Social-economic conditions

Data on language spoken at home, percent of the population in poverty, educational attainment and more.