Digital Desk

How many in Clark County come from countries on Trump’s list?

Many airports remained embroiled in protests today after President Donald Trump on Friday issued a temporary order to turn away travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. That list includes: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. How many people in Clark County were born in those seven countries? The answer is close to 500 but […]

A look at our most popular Facebook posts

Every year the media trots out Top 10 and Best of lists as the year draws to a close and we are not stranger to this trend. Earlier this week, we provided a list of the top 10 local stories of 2016 selected by the newsroom and by the readers, as well as the 10 […]

How Clark County voted for president

Clark County’s Elections Office is still counting ballots but the vast majority have been tallied, so far giving Democrat Hillary Clinton a slight edge over Republican President-elect Donald Trump, 46.1% to 44.3% as of Wednesday night. Below you can see maps showing how the county’s precincts voted and how each of the state’s 39 counties […]

Can a Democrat win the 3rd District?

In recent years, Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler hasn’t had too much trouble dispatching her opponents to keep her seat in the 3rd Congressional District, but this year she faces state Rep. Jim Moeller, a Democrat who’s built up some name recognition serving the 49th Legislative District. That name recognition is something her previous […]

Most counties see growth in median income

Median household income rose in Clark County last year as it did in many counties across the country, something reporter Patty Hastings wrote about last week on columbian.com. Here in this county, the median household income rose by about 4.1% from 2014 to 2015 and 26.4% from 2005 to 2015. As regional economist Scott Bailey […]

What we do for work in Clark County

They say we don’t talk to our neighbors any more but let’s pretend we do, and we know what they do for a living. But do you ever wonder whether what all of those other people in your neighborhood do? Well, we’ve got a couple of maps that might help. Below you can see two […]

Three ways to look at I-5 bridge crashes

What’s the worst day and time to cross the I-5 bridge? Reporter Dameon Pesanti, who covers transportation for The Columbian, wanted to know so earlier this spring he set out to find the answer, obtaining data from the Washington and Oregon State Departments of Transportation. Both agencies provided us with five years worth of data […]

Clark is 5th fastest growing county in last 5 years

Clark County’s population grew by 8 percent based on 5-year population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday, May 19, 2016, making the county the fifth fastest-growing in the state. The four faster growing counties include Franklin, King, Benton and Snohomish. If you look at just the past year, though, Clark grew by […]

Take a look at who benefitted from county’s fee waivers

The jury is still out on whether Clark County has seen a flood of new jobs resulting from a decision in 2013 to waive traffic impact and application fees for all nonresidential development in unincorporated areas. The county has experienced job growth, including a 3.9% jump last month that outpaced national, state and regional numbers. Proponents […]

Homes just keep getting bigger and biggerer

Owning a home has long been considered by many people to be a key piece of attaining the so-called American dream. It appears that now that also means having about 600 square feet per person. As business editor Gordon Oliver reported last Sunday, American families have steadily gotten smaller since the 1970s but homes have […]

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