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Community Archetype View

Community Archetype View

If you ask 10 different people how they feel about Walmart as a company or community partner, chances are you’ll get 10 different answers. Walmart represents a dichotomy of a large retailer offering lower prices vs. a large retailer putting small businesses...
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Are You in the Middle Class?

Are You in the Middle Class?

What exactly is the middle-class? Is there still room for me in a shrinking Middle-Class? According to Investopedia, the middle-class are “individuals and households who fall between the working class and the upper class within a societal...
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Automation, A.I., and At-Risk Jobs

Automation, A.I., and At-Risk Jobs

Sometimes it might seem like most jobs are, or will eventually be, susceptible to replacement by automation. Experts can already predict the top-3 industries susceptible to automation over the next decade are “production”, “food service” and “transportation”...
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Trends In Action

Without In-Migration, Walla Walla Isn’t Growing

The population of a community can grow in two ways: either births outstrip deaths or the number of people moving in is larger than the number of people moving out. The demographers who track Walla Walla’s population know births and deaths exactly from official records. They also estimate total population via a variety of methods, such as drivers licenses changes and the growth of physical addresses.
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Housing Prices Trending Sharply Up; Affordability Down

The American dream usually has a home in it. Whether that element becomes reality for a family rests on a few factors, but certainly price looms large. Trends indicator 5.1.1, “Median Home Resale Value,” tracks this metric for Walla Walla County. As we can observe from the graph, since the 4th quarter of 2015 prices have risen steadily. Then the median stood at $178,700. Now (first quarter of this year), it sits at $241,700.
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Property Crimes Continue to Decline in Walla Walla County

Property crimes, compared to violent crimes, are typically less severe but are much more common. The U.S. as a whole has experienced declines in both violent crimes and property over the last two decades. The causes of crime are complex. It’s even difficult to explain increases or decreases. While theories abound, each might explain a small part of the story, but each with their own weakness.
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The Ebb and Flow within the Agriculture Commodities Sector

The agricultural sector within Walla Walla County is a dynamic system that consistently shows flexibility within the markets. While wheat still is the dominate crop in terms of acreage, given the dryland climate, some new crops have been growing in market share. Understanding what, how, and how many commodities are produced is exactly what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)...
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