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 hits record high for income inequality, now rivals San Francisco

Seattle’s booming growth has also contributed to a widening of the disparity between high and low income earners. This view is from the Space Needle on Friday July 21, 2017.
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In short, the rich are getting richer in Seattle. The top 20 percent of income earners took home more than half the city’s total income — and the richest saw a $40,000 pay raise in 2016.

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