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Snohomish County Tour

Seattle's north suburban county is a mix of outdoor, museum and educational attractions.

Located just north of Seattle, this county is highly populated in its western half with aerospace, recreation and gambling industries, while the eastern half has the wilds of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the dormant Glacier Peak volcano.


Andrew Czernek

Marketing segmentation and Internet search consultant

Market segmentation expert and Internet search quality analyst

Death rates by state and territory

U.S. death rates per 100,000 people

The Centers for Disease Control keep close tabs on death rates from a variety of health and accident causes. Current data is preliminary for 2007 but audited data is available through 2006.

State-by-state comparisons

Differences among the United States and Canadian provinces

A collection of statistics illustrating the governmental, cultural and social differences between the states and provinces in these two federal systems. Includes current events topics, demographics, economic, education, government and social data.

Highest point in each state

Location and height of each state's highest terrain

Some states have mountains that tower over the terrain — like Alaska’s Mt. McKinley or Washington state’s Mt. Rainier. But in others the highest point may be hard to find.

State and province populations

State and province (and territory) populations ranked for the U.S. and Canada

U.S. Census population estimates were updated to July 1, 2009 in a new release of data just before the decennial census in 2010. Statistics Canada’s estimates are updated to 2009.

Population growth in states and provinces

U.S. state and Canadian province population changes in the 21st Century

State population shifts during the first decade of the 21st century portend a number of changes in the 2010 Census, including the possibility that both Georgia and North Carolina will surpass New Jersey and also Michigan in population. With the coming of the 2010 Census, it will realign political power by adding representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives for those two states — at the expense of states that are shrinking or not growing as fast.

Wind power capacity by state

Substantial investment is already underway to dramatically increase the amount of wind power produced across the U.S.

States are ranked by the wind power projects in place (by megawatts) and capacity that is expected to be added in the next two years with new projects.

Mortgage foreclosure rates

State-by-state foreclosure rates for October, 2009

Mortgage foreclosures are used as a rough measure for the health of the economy but much more detailed information is available from Realty Trac, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Federal Reserve.

Bank failures by state

2009 bank failures reported by the FDIC

An indicator of the financial crisis, bank failures in 2009 are up dramatically this year to 133 by the end of the second week of December, compared to 24 in in all of 2008.