Trends In The News

Health Insurance Estimates

Health Insurance Estimates

New small area data each year: a snapshot in time

It is not often we can share two data interactives in the same article, in fact, this is the first time. Both are products of the U.S. Census Bureau, and both show data from the Small Area Health Insurance...
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Bridges in Washington State

Bridges in Washington State

Interactive map combined with bridge structure ratings

Infrastructure – not a unique concept or term, but something all Americans seem to agree on. Currently, it appears a national infrastructure bill will become law. The final total is likely the only remaining...
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The U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor

A combination of powerful data and firsthand local reports

The U.S. Drought Monitor is “a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National...
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Trends In Action

High School Graduation

The successes and challenges facing Spokane County

Graduating from high school is a milestone many young adults look forward to. It marks the end of compulsory school attendance and for most, advancement to either employment or post-secondary education. According to the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, it is the goal of...
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Health Insurance Coverage

Understanding the rate of uninsured persons in Spokane County

By many measures, Spokane County doesn’t place high nationally. This is especially true of economic indicators, such as median household income or poverty. Yet, Spokane has outpaced the U.S., and for that matter Washington state, on a key measure of community well-being: health insurance...
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PM2.5 Concentration

Particulate matter sources, standards, and impact on our overall air quality

People who have lived in the Spokane area over the past few years likely noticed the air pollution caused by smoke from wildfires during summer 2021 was not as bad as most – specifically 2017 and 2020. This year, at least locally, we were spared multiple weeks of thick, yellow-brown smoke coming from...
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