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New U.S. Census Bureau Estimates

New U.S. Census Bureau Estimates

"Experimental" data used to estimate community resilience

Merriam-Webster defines resilient as: a) capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture; b) tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. And if any entity were to try to measure and produce realistic and legitimate resiliency estimates...
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COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker

COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker

Interactive U.S. counties map from the CDC shows daily progress

Before you see another article on Covid-19 and decide to take a pass (we would not blame you), this is the first we have highlighted with a light, still distant and dim at the end of the tunnel but will get brighter as more Americans are vaccinated. At first glance, the U.S. Centers for Disease...
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How Old is the Housing Stock?

How Old is the Housing Stock?

Esri's interactive "Maps for Public Policy" collection has answers

Environmental Research Systems International, or more commonly known as Esri, are the creators of ArcGIS and continue be leaders in the world of mapping and geospatial software. As one of many data interactives in the Esri Maps for Public Policy collection, “When was the housing...
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Trends In Action

Employment Shares by Type of Employer

Strong government supports stable private sector

Modern, dynamic economies should foster a variety of business types to both promote economic growth and to insulate against specific shocks or contractions. For example, an economy that relies too heavily on one type of employer could be dramatically impacted by changes affecting those businesses. Likewise, an economy that depends heavily on government as a source of employment could be susceptible to recessions or discretionary changes in fiscal...
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Small Businesses With 0-9 Employees

2020 data is out, but reflects first-quarter only

It does not require being a data hound to know small businesses across the U.S. have been challenged by the pandemic. While the lockdown allowed some businesses to stay open with new rules, such as patron limits, it forced other non-essential businesses to close their doors. Restaurants, for example, could stay open to offer pick-up services. With Covid-19 initially having many unknowns associated with transmissibility, caution was at the forefront...
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Rental Vacancies in Walla Walla Metro

More than just the college student demand

Housing information relating to vacant rental housing units are used by public and private sector organizations to evaluate the need for new housing programs and additional private construction. It is an important part of any economy supporting many people and businesses such as landlords, rental agencies, and home builders. The rental housing market also has low-income housing advocates and those working on economic development...
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Housing Mix Stable in Walla Walla

While the median home resale value is not

As the population slowly climbs in Walla Walla, home ownership is staying stable. As seen in Trends Indicator 5.1.7: Share of Housing Stock, by Type, single residence units, aka homes, amounted to 69% of all housing units in 2020. This is unchanged over the past five years and for that matter, since the start of the series in 2000. This is a community based on owner-occupied residences, to nobody’s surprise. Among the larger eastern Washington...
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