The downward trend in the summer began to reverse itself as people went back indoors, and health authorities feared the impact of holiday travel and gatherings later in the fall.
Just as overall population growth is unevenly distributed around the region, so is growth in school enrollments. And the two are not as closely related as you might think.
An area of concern going forward is the relatively high death rate in the transportation sector, and the rapid growth in that sector, especially through e-commerce.
2020 has seen a spike in homicides in cities across the country, including Seattle: 3.7 homicides per 100,000 in Seattle in 2019, and a projected 6.7 homicides per 100,000 in 2020.
One sector that is certainly thriving during the pandemic is alcohol. Third quarter statistics on alcohol sales indicate that Washington residents have accelerated a longer term trend of drinking more liquor.