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Find out what the numbers tell us about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Times' FYI Guy, Gene Balk, and other contributors comb data sets to look at the numbers behind news topics -- especially those that offer insight into the quality of life and cost of living in the Seattle area.

Seattle tops nation for COVID-19-era increase in online spending

A driver with FedEx carries a package away from a van, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Seattle. Store are warning online shoppers that if holiday purchases aren’t made soon, they may not be delivered in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) WATW205

More than 2 million people who live in the Seattle metro area -- 67% of the adult population -- said they shopped more online during the pandemic. That ranks No. 1 among the 15 largest U.S. metros. Why? The top reason given was fear of getting sick.

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