Spokane Community Indicators e-Newsletter

#3 – 2017

INDICATOR NEWS

33,000 ANNUAL GUN-RELATED DEATHS IN THE U.S., BUT WHO ARE THEY?

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Good data can help to dispel fact from opinion, especially in the face of controversial subjects. Compelling visualization techniques can deliver insights about the data faster than lines of numbers of text.

Accessing the facts through data visualization visualization simply helps us to better understand the world around us. We read upsetting news that might lead us to form sweeping generalizations. A sense of the data behind these reports can…


NEW TOOL FOR U.S. CENSUS DATA USERS

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Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires a Census occur for the main purpose of tax apportionment based on population numbers.

The first census, taking place in 1790, had six categories. According to the 1790 Census Overview, the census was required to the name of the head of the family, and count the number of: free white males 16-years and older, free white males under 16-years of age, free white females, all other…

INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH METRICS AND EVALUATION - U.S. HEALTH MAP


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The U.S. Health Map, a tool offered by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, allows users to view and compare health data information for every county in the nation at the same time, or to look at all the counties within any particular state, or any individual county.

Each county has a particular shade of color representing a certain proportion of the population as offered in the legend for each graph. When the animation is started and continues from one year to the next, the user can literally see the U.S. map…

INDICATORS IN ACTION

NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED SHOW STRONG GROWTH

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The number of residential building permits is an important marker of upcoming housing construction. An increase in permits can reveal an increase in population growth or show an area's desire for new or updated homes. Whatever the reason behind the permit, local governments and businesses take notice of building permit numbers, as increasing residential building stock means increased tax revenue.

Residential building permits must be applied for when planning new construction or significant modifications to an existing…

AVERAGE SAT SCORES DROP; SHARE TAKING TEST INCREASES

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The Scholastic Aptitude Test, better known as the SAT, has generally been seen as one of the hallmarks of college readiness and a significant measure of high school achievement. But with participation decreasing and colleges moving towards alternative forms of assessment, the SAT may become less and less relevant to today's high school student, depending on their higher education goals.

Looking at the Average SAT Scores indicator for Spokane County, we see that 51.4% of high school seniors took the SAT during the 2015-2016 school year, increasing from 41.7% since the 2012-2013 school year. Their counterparts in the state, for…

AIR QUALITY DAYS - THE GOOD OUTNUMBER THE BAD

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One of the reasons we live in Spokane County is the beauty of the surrounding natural environment. Often, any direction we look, there is an attractive natural landscape in view - unless it's during a period of thick, yellowish-brown air pollution mainly caused by forest fires in the region over the last few months.

According to AirNow.gov (follow the link to see the current AQI in Spokane, Washington State, Oregon and Idaho), the air…

5-QUESTIONS WITH:

LARS GILBERTS - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY DISTRICT, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

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Q: Welcome back to Spokane! You've been in your role with the University District nearly 6 months now. What are some of your initial observations about the community and in particular, the U District?
A: There is even more to love and appreciate than I realized. Living away for so long and only getting to visit a couple times a year has let me see the high-level changes, while missing the more gradual changes. My family has been impacted by the declines in specific industries over the decades (agriculture, timber and aluminum manufacturing) and I have been so encouraged to see the the commitment to make Spokane more resilient both in its people and as a place. The University District is really being embraced…