When you drive along State Route 410 between Sumner and Bonney Lake and especially when you venture off the highway, some neighborhoods seem more affluent than others. But just how wide is the disparity between different parts of town?
A new data-based website, Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks provides some answers to that question. The site uses U.S. census information compiled from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey to show median household income and monthly rents by census tract.
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The data show that the median household income in the most central parts of Sumner and Bonney Lake to be $64,607 and $75,667, respectively. The tract north of Sumner all the way to Pacific reflects the low-range at $41,738.
At the opposite end of the spectrum on the Plateau, the tract east of Lake Tapps shows the highest income level at $99,722. The Sky Island area shows a median income of $94,350.
The statewide middle-class range is between $52,508 to $64,322.
Median monthly rents in this area tend to mirror income levels. Central Sumner shows a median montly rate of $923 and decreasing to $737 as you head north. In Bonney Lake, rents are at $1,202 east of Lake Tapps and even higher in the Sky Island area at $1,585.
To see the data mapped out and check out more Puget Sound-area neighborhoods, visit the Rich Block, Poor Blocks website.