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Neighborhood Connections: Summary & Data Highlights

Between 2004 and 2011, satisfaction with access to public transit dropped significantly in King County’s South Region.

Neighborhood access to public transit, pleasant places to walk, and amenities such as entertainment, restaurants, and food stores can affect transportation choices and quality of life.

Satisfaction with Access to Public Transit:   69% of King County residents said they were “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with access to public transportation from their neighborhoods.

  • From 2004 to 2011, satisfaction with local access to public transit declined significantly (from 76% to 69%).
    • This shift was driven by a substantial drop in satisfaction in South Region. 
    • Satisfaction in the other regions did not change.
  • 85% of Seattle residents were satisfied with access to public transit, compared to…
    • 70% in North Region
    • 59% in East Region
    • 58% in South Region.
  • Only 64% of adults age 45-64 were satisfied with access to public transit, compared to 73% of adults age 25-44.
  • 67% of whites were satisfied with access to public transit, compared to 74% of people of color.
  • Adults with household incomes below $50,000 reported greater satisfaction with access to public transportation than those with household incomes above $75,000.

Use of Public Transit: In 2011, 38% of King County residents used public transportation to get to or from their neighborhoods (this includes commuting, recreation, and other activities, but gives no information about number of trips). Those most likely to use public transit from their neighborhoods included:

  • 62% of Seattle residents, compared to 31% in North Region, 27% in East Region, and 22% in South Region. These patterns have not changed since 2004.
  • Young adults age 18-44, compared to those ages 45 and older.
  • People of color, compared to whites.
  • Men, compared to women.
  • Adults born outside the U.S., compared to those born in the U.S.
  • Adults whose primary language was not English, compared to those who spoke English as their primary language.
  • Residents with annual household income below $35,000, compared to those with incomes of $75,000 or more.
  • Adults with no children in the household, compared to those with children.
  • Non-veterans, compared to veterans. 

Satisfaction with Neighborhood Access to Amenities:   More than 7 in 10 King County residents said they were “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with their neighborhood’s access to entertainment, number and quality of food stores, number and quality of restaurants, and the ease and pleasantness of neighborhood walks.

  • Residents of Seattle and East Region were more satisfied than residents of North and South regions with their access to entertainment, number and quality of restaurants, and the ease and pleasantness of neighborhood walks. 
  • Satisfaction with access to food stores did not differ by region.
  • Residents in households with children were less satisfied than those without children with access to restaurants and entertainment in their neighborhoods.

"I went to Bellevue with my sister, to the DSHS office. It was $12 each…. We had to take like 3 or 4 buses… It took forever.  And then, they don’t have any buses on Sunday, right?… I used to take the bus when I lived at the other place right near Bothell-Everett Highway…. I sometimes worked on Sundays. And they stopped that …. People still need to work, or go to church, or go anywhere, you know?  You still need to do things on Sundays."
Mother of 2 children in 2-parent family living in North King County apartment