This web page is dedicated to highlighting a handful of recently updated and interesting Trends. Keep scrolling down to view a complete list of all Trends receiving an update or adjustment in July, 2019. This page will be updated and email alerts sent on a monthly basis. Don't miss an update - subscribe today!

Total Population

Population growth comes from two sources: the "natural" growth of births outpacing deaths as well as net in-migration. For the last 20-years, the growth rate of the county has more closely matched the US benchmark than the state.
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Voter Participation Rate

The latest mid-term election (2018) had the highest voter participation rate in the series and was less than 9 percentage points less than the latest Presidential election (2016). However, the latest off-year election (2017) had a participation rate of 32.9%, which was the lowest in the series for any election.
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Total Number of Commissioned Officers

During 2014, the lowest rate of officers per 1,000 county residents occurred: 1.24 - the lowest in the series. By 2018, this increased to 1.42 - the highest in the series for the county.
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Commissioned Police Officers - Walla Walla County: 2018

Overall Average Annual Wage

Not including investment income, property rental profits, federal government transfer payments, or benefits paid by an employer. While federal government workers are included, in-uniform military members are not. Since 2000, this Trend has increased by 71.6%
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Number of Residential Building Permits

The 221 residential building permits issued during 2018 were the second highest annual number issued since 2008 (241 were issued during 2013). However, the rate issued per 1,000 residents has typically been well below the state benchmark.
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Homeowners Spending 30% of Income on Shelter

The 30%-of-income standard says that non-housing needs (costs for basic necessities such as clothing, food, and other non-housing monthly expenses) can be met with 70% of a household's annual income. Households above 30% are considered to have a housing-cost burden. Walla Walla County has typically been below the state and US.
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