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State experiences largest population growth since 2008; Federal Way at 90,150
The Washington State Office of Financial Management released its annual estimates of the state's population increase recently, estimating that the state's overall population increased by 85,000 people between 2013 and 2104.
That 1.25 percent gain is the largest increase since 2008, according to the Office of Financial Management.
A significant portion of this population gain comes from migration. The agency's data shows that a "net gain" of 49,200 people moved into Washington in the last year, compared to a net gain of 21,600 in the previous year. For 2014, that net migration figure accounts for 57 percent of the total population increase. According to the agency, "for the first time since the economic downturn, net migration exceeds the three-decade historical average of 48,800 migrants per year."
Seventy-five percent of the increase accumulated in the state's five largest metropolitan counties: Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane. According to the agency's figure, the state saw noticeable population growth of more than 1 percent, which was "twice as many as last year." The top 10 cities for population growth, according to the Office of Financial Management's estimates, are: (in descending order) Seattle, Bothell, Vancouver, Bellevue, Pasco, Redmond, Renton, Auburn, Kennewick and Sammamish.
And while Federal Way did not make the top 10 list, the city also experienced a population surge with 90,150 residents, according to the Office Of Financial Management.
In the "incorporated cites and towns" in the state, there was an estimated population growth of 64,700, for a total of 4.5 million people in the state's cities and towns. Outlying areas in the state also saw increased growth, with the state's incorporated area population increasing by 21,100 persons, but the figure would have been higher if not for annexation. The top 10 unincorporated areas for population grown, in descending order are: Snohomish, King, Pierce, Clark, Spokane, Kitsap, Thurston, Grant, Whatcom and Yakima.
According to the figures, housing growth is trending upward with the population. There was a "32 percent increase over ," with the state adding 31,000 housing units, compared to 23,500 units in 2013. The housing increases occurred in the five largest metro areas in the state, with King County leading the way with almost 10,200 new units. This accounts for "approximately 33 percent of the state's total housing increase," the agency notes.
To learn more, visit www.ofm.wa.gov/pop/april1/.