Find out what the numbers tell us about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Times' FYI Guy, Gene Balk, and other contributors comb data sets to look at the numbers behind news topics -- especially those that offer insight into the quality of life and cost of living in the Seattle area.

Seattle metro area is one of just three in America where marijuana use tops nicotine, data shows

Employees work during harvest at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Company CQ Sept. 2016 Mason County, Wash. “We consider them family,” said Joy Hollingsworth. 

More than 700,000 people age 18 and older in the Seattle-Tacoma area — about 17% of the adult population — have consumed cannabis in the past 30 days, according to the data from the market-research firm Nielsen.

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