Demographic Trends

  • In 2014, there were 131,475 people living in the Soundside region.  This represents a growth of 0.7% from 2012 and a growth of 19% from 2004.
  • Population is forecast to grow. It is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of .74% between 2014 and 2040.
  • The cities of the Soundside region, with the exception of Normandy Park, share certain demographic characteristics.  These characteristics include lower incomes, lower educational attainment and a higher percentage of minorities and foreign-born residents than the central Puget Sound region as a whole.
  • The Soundside region has a larger proportion (27%) of its residents earning incomes below 30k than the Eastside (13%), South King
    County (23%), King County (20%) and the Puget Sound region (20%).
  • The Soundside region has a higher proportion of people without a High School degree (21%) than the Eastside cities (7%), South King
    County (17%), King County (13%) or the Puget Sound region (13%).  In addition, a smaller proportion (33%) of the region’s residents hold college degrees.
  • The Soundside region has a higher proportion (27%) of foreign-born residents than South King County (22%), King County (21%) and
    the larger Puget Sound region as a whole (18%). The proportion of the region’s population that is foreign-born is similar to the  Eastside cities.
  • The Soundside region has a higher proportion of residents at or below the poverty level (18%) than the Eastside cities (6%), South
    King County (14%), King County (11%) and the Puget Sound region (11%).
  • The Soundside region is racially and ethnically diverse.  Regionwide, about 39% of residents identify themselves as non-white. This proportion has grown in the last decade, reflecting a national trend toward increasing racial and ethnic diversity. The Soundside region is ahead of the Puget Sound region in this trend, and has a larger minority population than the Puget Sound region (27% non-white).
  • Regionwide about 17% identify themselves as of Hispanic origin, a higher proportion than the Eastside (7%), King County (9%) or the
    Puget Sound region (9%). This proportion is similar to South King County’s share (17%).
Horizon Pet Supply george ottersen and chris otterson owners in Normandy Park one of the cities and businesses of the Soundside Alliance
George Otterson, owner of Horizon Pet Supply in Normandy Park