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Washington state’s population tops 7.5 million

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington’s population has topped 7.5 million, with growth coming mostly from those moving to the state.

Numbers released Friday by the Office of Financial Management shows the state has grown by 118,800 residents over the past year, a 1.6 percent increase.

In the past year, net migration accounted for 76 percent of the state’s population growth, with births responsible for the other 24 percent.

The state’s population has grown by 821,900 people since April 1, 2010, with 295,100 of those moving into King County in that timeframe.

Population growth has remained concentrated in the five of the state’s largest metropolitan counties: Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane, where 69 percent of the population growth occurred this year.

The top 10 cities for population growth are: Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Spokane, Kennewick, Redmond, Vancouver, Kirkland, Pasco, and Bellingham.

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