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200 Years of U.S. Immigration to the U.S.

200 Years of U.S. Immigration to the U.S.

Visualization demonstrates the changing status of U.S. immigration
The composition and rate of immigrants moving to the United States has seen major changes and fluctuations over the course of American history. These changes create an understanding of American immigration...
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Washington Campaign Finance

Washington Campaign Finance

Interactive and detailed contributions to Washington politicians

Campaign contributions are a vital part of state and local politics, and much can be learned about the candidate, the election, and the democratic process through their analysis...
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Electric Vehicles in Washington State

Electric Vehicles in Washington State

DOL data details registered electric and hybrid vehicles

A new dataset compiled by Washington state’s data portal Data.WA.gov provides information on all electric and hybrid vehicles registered through the Washington State Department of Licensing...
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Trends In Action

Total Population & Annual Growth Rate

Tri-Cities surpass state and national growth rates

Economists typically purport that moderate increases in population are positively associated with economic growth, primarily through a larger workforce and increased consumption benefits. However, a burgeoning population can also lead to concerns over...
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First-Time Buyers Housing Affordability Index

Housing affordability declines for first-time buyers

By the end of last year, housing in the greater Tri Cities crossed a threshold: the median price homes for resale breached the $400,000 mark. To be precise, the quarterly price landed at $407,600. Should we celebrate? If you’re an existing homeowner...
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Quarterly Taxable Retail Sales

Data shows substantial increases in sales despite the pandemic

Have the greater Tri Cities been visited by a downturn over the past two years? From the perspective of taxable retail sales, hardly. Recent year-over-year increases tracked by the Trends indicator taxable retail sales may surprise a few readers...
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Five Questions With...

Abbey Cameron
Abbey CameronExecutive Director of the 3 Rivers Community Foundation

Q1) Can you tell us what the current priorities of the 3 Rivers Community Foundation are?

3RCF is focused on creating a vibrant community of donors to support Benton and Franklin counties. We are raising awareness of the opportunity philanthropy offers to leave a lasting charitable legacy. We also continue to stay connected to our nonprofit community so we can be a resource for our donors and for our board when making grant decisions. 

Q2) How does the Foundation generally use community data in its decision-making?

Community data is vital to 3RCF in our grantmaking process. We are typically reviewing 50 or more grant applications in a cycle, and always have more requests than we are able to fund. While we also use interviews to understand the human story in each of our grant requests, being able to rely on data is key to making difficult decisions between worthy applicants.

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Welcome Our New Student Intern!

Ryan Criswell
Ryan CriswellHometown: Millcreek
Expected Graduation Date: Spring, 2023

Post-graduation plans:

Pursue a MSc in either Data Science or AI-Machine Learning and secure a role at a large tech company in Seattle.

After a few months of working on the Trends project, my favorite thing so far:

After a few months of working on the Trends project, my favorite thing so far: Getting to explore data from 2020 and see quantitatively how covid has impacted our state, counties, and cities differently. The data gives us insight into the subtle differences in our local areas.