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%).