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City Type Comparison - West Coast
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City Type
City Type West Coast, Mountains, National Parks West Coast, Mountains, National Parks West Coast West Coast, College Town, Wine Country West Coast, Mountains, Wine Country na
Population (2016 est.)
Population (Current) 87,574 9,527 16,292 28,454 12,697 78,040
Population (1990) 52,179 7,001 15,076 31,954 8,886 49,272
Land Area (sq mi) 27 7 11 8 6 36
Persons Per Square Mile 3,243 1,361 1,481 3,557 2,116 2,151
Home Prices
2017 $363,369 $320,109 $191,002 $753,510 $1,055,874 $398,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '17) 133.1% -0.2% 68.2% 60.4% 58.4% 65.0%
Annual Appreciation ('16 to '17) 2.6% -2.6% 10.2% 12.3% 0.2% 4.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '17) 5.5% -0.0% 3.3% 3.0% 2.9% 3.4%
Big City Prices ('17) $530,000 $530,000 $294,000 $1,405,000 $1,070,000 $343,000
Bargain Index 55% 49% 53% 43% 80% 94%
Big City Seattle Seattle Eugene San Jose San Francisco Bay area na
Monthly Rent $1,495 $1,353 $1,137 $2,074 $4,070 $1,495
Price/Rent Index 16.3 15.9 11.3 24.4 17.4 17.9
Cost of Living (2018)
Cost of Living 104% 96% 78% 157% 232% 107%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2017)
Good Days 91% 93% 73% 93% 79% 72%
Moderate Days 9% 7% 24% 6% 20% 25%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 0% 0% 2% 0% 1% 3%
Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2014)
Good na na 36% 7% 5% 36%
Threatened na na 0% 0% 9% 2%
Impaired na na 65% 93% 86% 62%
Walkability
Walk Score® 49 80 81 51 83 45
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 51 miles 55 miles 219 miles 75 miles 30 miles 72 miles
City Vancouver, Canada Seattle Portland San Jose San Francisco na
Recreation
National Parks 8 8 1 14 15 7
National Campgrounds 30 41 31 5 3 26
State Parks 7 18 19 30 63 11
Medical Care (2016)
Accredited Hospitals 2 2 1 1 3 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2016 195 85 12 2 16 346
2015 140 33 7 3 17 324
Gain ('15 to '16) 39% 158% 71% -33% -6% 6%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 31 53 42 37 43 37
White 84.9% 92.4% 87.1% 78.3% 75.8% 80.7%
Black or African American 1.3% 0.5% 0.6% 2.8% 0.7% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3% 1.1% 2.6% 0.5% 0.6% 0.8%
Asian 5.1% 1.7% 1.4% 7.9% 4.3% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.1% 0.2%
Other Race 2.8% 0.8% 2.8% 5.0% 15.1% 4.4%
Multiple Races 4.3% 3.1% 5.2% 5.1% 3.4% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 7.0% 3.3% 7.6% 13.7% 31.5% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $58,149 $63,765 $47,998 $75,482 $114,107 $69,596
Occupied Housing 94% 88% 92% 90% 94% 83%
Vacant Housing 6% 12% 8% 10% 6% 17%
Home Ownership 46% 62% 55% 36% 71% 55%
Persons Per Family 2.80 2.60 2.80 2.80 3.20 2.90
Taxes (2018)
Local and State 9.2% 9.2% 0.0% 8.5% 8.5% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 109 days 109 days 107 days 113 days 113 days 113 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Temperate & Humid Temperate & Dry Temperate & Humid Temperate & Dry Temperate & Dry Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 35 F 38 F 39 F 43 F 43 F 27 F
July High Temp 73 F 70 F 67 F 68 F 65 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 35 in 19 in 64 in 20 in 28 in 35 in
Elevation 15 ft 100 ft 6 ft 385 ft 16 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Higher Higher Moderate Higher Higher Moderate
Earthquake 30% 45% 10% 70% 80% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk Risk Risk Risk Risk No Risk
Hurricane 0 0 0 0 0 10
Flood Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High
Tornado Very Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Low
Volcano High Ash Fall Low Ash Fall No Risk No Risk Low Ash Fall No Risk
Wildfire Low Low Low High Low Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 0 0 0 0 0 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2017)
Violent Crimes 25 25 29 54 16 40
Property Crimes 601 374 494 396 190 397
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 4,980 5,124 4,490 3,092 3,754 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 68 40 12 74 11 1,253
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