More people moving to Washington; population tops 7 million
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More people moved to Washington in the past year, helping to push the state’s population passed 7 million.
Estimates released Thursday by the Office of Financial Management show 7,061,400 people live in the Evergreen State as of April 2015.
The state gained about 93,200 people, mostly through net migration and births, between 2014 and 2015. The 1.34 percent bump is the largest annual increase since 2008.
Most of the boom happened in the state’s five largest counties, Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane.
All but two counties in the state grew, while Wahkiakum and Grays Harbor Counties lost residents last year.
Seattle topped the list of booming cities with a growth rate of about 3.42 percent. It was followed by Vancouver, Marysville, Kent, Redmond, Tacoma, Olympia, Renton, Spokane Valley and Bremerton.
As for counties, Snohomish and Clark led the way, increasing by more than 2 percent. They were followed by King, Whitman and Kittitas County.