Neighborhoods & Communities 

Neighborhoods and Communities 

There is no singular King County. We are a region made of an array of neighborhoods and wonderfully diverse communities.


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Support organizations or programs that increase civic engagement, develop local leadership, or encourage community organizing and advocacy
Support organizations or programs that build relationships and trust within and across communities (geographic and non-geographic)
King County Library System Foundation »The KCLS Foundation funds special programs in the libraries and through extended outreach activities with the goal of reaching all residents and encouraging use of libraries.
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Forterra »As we look out into the next century, protecting our region's natural treasures is what will determine our quality of life and prosperity.
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Clergy, Community For Children Youth Coalition »The 4C provides youth a healthy and productive mentoring relationship, opportunities for success, and resources for mentees and their families.

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SEED Grows Commercial Activity and Maintains Affordable Housing
SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) has improved community conditions in Rainier Valley by working to maintain affordable housing and growing commercial activity. SEED spearheaded housing developments for low- and moderate-income residents, seniors and disabled people through a combination of acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction projects. The projects, including the award-winning Rainier Court housing complex, also feature cultural and retail spaces.
Nationwide, Community Development Corporations (CDCs) generate an annual average of 86,000 housing units, nearly 9 million square feet of commercial space, and 75,000 jobs.
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Shifting Population Changes the Face of King County
Even as Seattle's minority population barely held over the past decade, the percentage of people of color swelled in the suburbs of South King County, where newly arriving immigrants and former Seattle residents converged to form majority populations in SeaTac, Renton, Kent and Tukwila. (Seattle Times)
Transit Oriented Development that's Healthy, Green & Just
This Puget Sound Sage report provides evidence that gentrification is happening in the Valley, meaning new people with higher incomes have been moving into Rainier Valley and station-area land value and rents are on the rise.
Seattle ranks third in nation on vitality index
Creative Cities International has released its Vitality Index rankings for the top U.S. cities. Seattle stands strong at number 3, preceded by New York and Chicago and followed by San Francisco and Boston.
The Geography of Opportunity
This report explores how low-income groups and racial and ethnic populations are situated within King County’s geography of opportunity.
Soul of the Community Report
This John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Gallup report highlights research in 26 cities across the country to find out what emotionally attaches people to a community.

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