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Mapping Home Price Changes

Mapping Home Price Changes

Recording home price changes over time

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently published a data visualization on home price changes from 2003 to 2022 for the entire United States. The visualization map animates month-by-month percent changes in home prices by county to illustrate changes in the United States housing market. Positive percent changes (shown in blue) indicate an...
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United State County Migration Patterns

United State County Migration Patterns

Tracking net migration from county to county

The United State Census Bureau has published an interactive map detailing United States migration patterns by county using net migration statistics from the American Community Survey. The map offers multiple year period datasets with the most recent data featuring 2015-2019, based on a data table of 593 counties. Selecting a county offers detailed data...
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Influenza Mortality Rates

Influenza Mortality Rates

Influenza deaths now, throughout history, and across the globe

Flu season, for most Americans, is a normal part of seasonal changes in the colder months. Some may get the seasonal flu vaccine while some may not, but overall, very few of us consider the seriousness of the influenza virus, both throughout human history and today. An article and data feature from Our World in Data demonstrates the true scope of the mortality of influenza. While it may now appear as...
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Trends In Action

Property Crimes: Total & Rate

Property crimes rates continue to decline

As a student at Whitman, I once visited the home of a “townie” friend of mind. As we all left the house together, his mother didn’t lock the door. I was a bit surprised because that was not my family’s habit. “No need to in Walla Walla,” she explained. But she quickly admonished me not to tell anyone. That encounter took place a few decades ago...
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Overall Average Annual Wage

Modest wage gains in Walla Walla

Wages climbed in 2021 Walla Walla County, but not nearly as fast as elsewhere. Trends indicator 1.1.4 tracks this key measure of the local economy over the past 20 years. The average for 2021: $50,340. That represented a gain of about $1,900 over 2020, or 3.9%. Over the five years prior to 2021, the average annual wage in the county increased by...
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Population by Age Groups

Analyzing Walla Walla's aging population

Across the US (and even around the globe), increasingly older populations can create challenges for communities. In particular, while older adults bring welcome assets and retirement income to communities, they often need more services, for example in health care or transportation, than younger adults. By watching trends in population by age groups, policymakers might...
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Residual Net Migration

Net migration is adding to Walla Walla's population

Along with the natural increase in population due to births and deaths, net migration is a driving factor of population growth within a community. Simply put, net migration refers to the difference between the number of people moving into an area and the number of people moving out. Because tracking actual migration is difficult, residual net migration is found by...
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Welcome Our New Student Interns!

Kate Guadarrama-Diaz
Kate Guadarrama-Diaz

    Hometown: Royal City, WA

    Major: Data Analytics

    Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2023

    Post-graduation plans:

    I am looking to secure a position in the Healthcare industry as a Data Analyst.

    After a few months of working on the Trends project, my favorite thing so far:

    Being given the oppurtunities to update the healthcare and education data that will be used to make informed decisions in counties all over the state.

    Dylan Costinett
    Dylan Costinett

      Hometown: Bothell, WA

      Major: Data Science

      Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2023

      Post-graduation plans:

      Graduate with a BS in Data Science and head to work for an insurance or consulting firm.

      After a few months of working on the Trends project, my favorite thing so far:

      Seeing the impact that covid has had across the state and how we are already beginning to bounce back is truly fascinating to take a look at.