What if we added up the positives of economic growth and subtracted the clear negatives, so we had a better picture of whether we were headed in the right direction?

Washington’s Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) consolidates economic, environmental and social factors into a single framework to give a more accurate picture of the progress we have made and the challenges we face. Commerce collaborated with academics, consultants and a non-profit firm to develop the Washington GPI.

Our goal is to quantify quality of life in Washington State through the GPI, which will serve as the outcome measure for Results Washington Prosperous Economy goal area. Washington is the third state to adopt the GPI, behind Maryland and Vermont.

After adopting the GPI as the state’s quality of life measure in July 2014, the Governor’s Prosperous Economy Goal Council set the GPI target to be on pace, or equal to GDP growth.  This is to say that the state’s economic gains, or productivity, should lead to equivalent gains in prosperity for Washingtonians.

This new indicator is meant to complement state Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to better articulate the actual lived experiences of its people and to better define what it is like to be a Washingtonian.

Washington State, 2015 (2009$)

GPI

$201.45 billion

$28,528 per person

GDP

$410.8 billion

$58,177 per person

Coming in early 2018: County-level GPI.

Washington GPI Indicators

All 26 individual metrics within the GPI are drawn from publicly available data sources.

Economic

  • Personal Consumption Expenditures
  • Income Inequality
  • Adjusted Personal Consumption
  • Value of Consumer Durables
  • Cost of Consumer Durables
  • Cost of Underemployment
  • Net Capital Investment

Environmental

  • Cost of Water Pollution
  • Cost of Air Pollution
  • Cost of Noise Pollution
  • Cost of Net Wetland Change
  • Cost of Net Farmland Change
  • Cost of Net Forest Cover Change
  • Cost of Climate Change
  • Cost of Ozone Depletion
  • Cost of Nonrenewable Energy Resource Depletion

Social

  • Value of Housework
  • Cost of Housing Instability
  • Cost of Crime
  • Cost of Personal Pollution Abatement
  • Value of Volunteer Work
  • Cost of Lost Leisure Time
  • Value of Higher Education
  • Value of Highways and Streets
  • Cost of Commuting
  • Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes