Communities Count: Social and Health Indicators Across King County

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began: 1997
Year of Last Input:
Last Updated: Dec 11 2020
Project Location:
King County
State / Province:
Lead Organization:
Public/Private Partnership (see Description for Partners)
Type of Organization:
Government - Local

Geographic Scope

Neighborhood, Municipality, County , Other

Issue Areas

Arts and Culture, Children & Youth, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Land Use, Poverty, Public Safety, Recreation, Social, Transportation, Population


Communities Count is a collaborative effort among public and private organizations to create recurrent reports on community indicators for King County. The Seattle Foundation is the fiscal sponsor, Public Health – Seattle & King County is lead for data collection and report production. Partners include: City of Bellevue, City of Renton, and the City of Seattle.

Until recently Communities Count offered reports, updated every three years with a set of social, health, environmental and arts indicators for use by city and county governments, public agencies, foundations, human service providers, non-profit agencies, community-based organizations, and King County residents.  Communities Count now offers a dashboard with 40 indicators, data tools and a blog.   The indicators provide information that is inclusive of the social and geographic diversity of King County and a perspective on regional differences and inequities by race, income, education, age and gender.

The team provides data & evaluation support through workshops and other resources to help communities collect and use their own data as well as access local data.

During COVID-19, the team incorporated COVID-19 relevant data/info into virtual workshops, used breakout rooms to engage participants, and provided resources to meet the data needs of communities.

View the 2020-12-11 Better-Know-a-CI-Project-Webinar on Communities Count


Project URL

Reporting Format

Online Reporting, Online Dashboard, Interactive Online Display

Awards & Accomplishments:

- 2020 Winner of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Award for Outstanding Epidemiology Practice in Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities - 2019 Impact Award from the international Community Indicators Consortium

Other Partners

City County, United Way, Community Foundation

Project Contact:

Mariko Toyoji
Public Health - Seattle & King County - Government - Local
Seattle WA US