Washington tops 7 million residents

Last week, the Office of Financial management announced Washington’s population had surpassed 7 million after growing 1.34% between 2014 and 2015.
     Seattle continued its growth spurt, adding 21,900 people for an estimated 662,400 within its city limits. (More than 3.6 million live in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area.)
     During my lifetime in the Northwest, the biggest cities traditionally were Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Tacoma, and Boise in that order.
     Times have changed. Currently it’s Seattle, Portland, Boise, Spokane, and Tacoma, with Vancouver (population 169,294), Salem (161,637), Eugene (160,561), and Bellevue (136,426) amassing big numbers.
     When you combine the populations of Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco, the Tri-Cities tally 226,260 residents, larger than Boise.
     The Washington cities showing the fastest growth are, in order: Seattle, Vancouver, Marysville, Kent, Redmond, Tacoma, Olympia, Renton, Spokane Valley, and Bremerton. Read the Associated Press article that ran in the Everett Herald.

by  Jon Osterberg

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