Washington, which is holding Republican and Democratic caucuses on Feb. 9, had a 2007 population of 6.5 million that includes a higher percentage of Asians and a lower percentage of blacks and Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 68 percent of Washington’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, above the national rate of 64 percent.
These and other statistics about Washington’s population at the state and local levels on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.
Highlights include the following:
|White alone, not Hispanic or Latino||76.5%||66.4%|
|Hispanic or Latino||9.1%||14.8%|
|Median household income||$52,583||$48,451|
|Persons below poverty||11.8%||13.3%|
|Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+)||30.5%||27.0%|
|Median home value||$267,600||$185,200|
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).