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Old February 18th, 2011, 01:46 AM   #1
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Seattle Population and Demographics Thread

The Census Bureau has announced that Washington will be released next week!

Expect lots of random facts and maps from me to be posted here.

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Old February 18th, 2011, 03:07 AM   #2
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One random fact is that I'll be counted as a resident of the city of Everett even though it's not true anymore.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 03:26 AM   #3
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Old February 18th, 2011, 04:46 AM   #4
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Predictions: WA will be in the top10 in percentage increase, mainly due to a slowing down in places like Florida, Arizona, and California. Seattle will increase. Hispanics will increase. Tri-Cities will show huge gains from 2000.
Of course, all this can be found in the 2009 estimates, which are usually mostly accurate.
Another question: When will WA pass 7 million? It won't happen this cencus, but I predict mid-2010's it will happen, barring unforseen events.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 08:05 AM   #5
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Predictions: WA will be in the top10 in percentage increase, mainly due to a slowing down in places like Florida, Arizona, and California. Seattle will increase. Hispanics will increase. Tri-Cities will show huge gains from 2000.
Of course, all this can be found in the 2009 estimates, which are usually mostly accurate.
Another question: When will WA pass 7 million? It won't happen this cencus, but I predict mid-2010's it will happen, barring unforseen events.
Well, the census actually already released statewide population numbers for all fifty states---but they're releasing more specific data (racial breakdowns, county/city/block populations, etc) much more slowly. Washington grew 12th fastest, as measured by its percentage increase.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 08:34 AM   #6
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Well, the census actually already released statewide population numbers for all fifty states---but they're releasing more specific data (racial breakdowns, county/city/block populations, etc) much more slowly. Washington grew 12th fastest, as measured by its percentage increase.
I don't dispute your stats, but frankly I can't find anything on the web to support this. Please share your source so I can understand.

As of 2009, WA was #8 in percentage growth. Falling to #12 is possible, but I find it a little hard to believe since other states have had more difficult times what with foreclosures, etc. Again, I am not disputing, but just looking for accurate stats.

Bottom line, WA continues to be one of the fastest growing states over the past decade. I think the lack of extreme gains/losses help in this regard.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 10:11 AM   #7
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I don't dispute your stats, but frankly I can't find anything on the web to support this. Please share your source so I can understand.

As of 2009, WA was #8 in percentage growth. Falling to #12 is possible, but I find it a little hard to believe since other states have had more difficult times what with foreclosures, etc. Again, I am not disputing, but just looking for accurate stats.

Bottom line, WA continues to be one of the fastest growing states over the past decade. I think the lack of extreme gains/losses help in this regard.
http://2010.census.gov/2010census/da...t-pop-text.php

Wikipedia also has a nice sortable table: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Census#State_rankings
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Old February 18th, 2011, 01:35 PM   #8
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I do notice that WA was 8th in terms of numerical change
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Old February 18th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #9
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I don't dispute your stats, but frankly I can't find anything on the web to support this. Please share your source so I can understand.

As of 2009, WA was #8 in percentage growth. Falling to #12 is possible, but I find it a little hard to believe since other states have had more difficult times what with foreclosures, etc. Again, I am not disputing, but just looking for accurate stats.

Bottom line, WA continues to be one of the fastest growing states over the past decade. I think the lack of extreme gains/losses help in this regard.
You have to remember that the percentage of growth is based on 2000 to 2010. Yes states like Arizona, Florida, and Nevada have slowed down compared to 2008 but it isn't like everyone left either.
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Old February 19th, 2011, 12:04 AM   #10
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OK, thanks. I'm not sure why I was having such a difficult time finding that info.

Yes, AZ, FL, NV all show strong growth for the decade despite the past couple years.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 07:53 AM   #11
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The folks down in Olympia got the full data today. It will probably be made available to the public tomorrow. Get ready.
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I'm gonna make a guess, just for the heck of it.

City of Everett will have . . . 107,288 ppl.

Let's see how close I get.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:38 AM   #13
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I'll guess 104,100 for Everett...

I'll be interested to see the racial changes in Seattle. Estimates suggest it actually might have gotten whiter. The Asian numbers on the Eastside will also be fun.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:44 AM   #14
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Most major cities around the nation have had an influx of whites again. I also notice a big difference in my Kirkland neighborhood where I grew up. There are considerably more diverse families on my street alone. Mainly Hispanic and Asian.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 10:28 AM   #15
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Most major cities around the nation have had an influx of whites again. I also notice a big difference in my Kirkland neighborhood where I grew up. There are considerably more diverse families on my street alone. Mainly Hispanic and Asian.
Yeah... but they're often cities that lost a ton of white people in the past, like DC. Seattle is still one of the whitest major cities in the country, 2nd after Portland I think, so it would be notable if whites actually made up a larger % of the population.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:28 PM   #16
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It looks like Seattle has 608,660 people. The OFM was, as expected, pretty close... The Census estimates, not so much.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:55 PM   #17
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Had, as of 4/1/10. Even then, the Census has a margin of error, which we'll get a clue about when they release their own analysis.
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Heard King County has nearby 2 million residents... King County could reach 2 million residents maybe this year or next year depending on its growth rate.
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Old February 24th, 2011, 01:25 AM   #19
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No chance of that. At a new count of 1,931,259 and 10-year growth of 194,295, it would take 3-4 years at typical growth rates from 4/1/10.
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The new Census factfinder website is about the most un-intuitive and bizarre thing they could have possibly invented. I keep trying to get it to show me the population of Everett, but all I can figure out how to do is add the city to my "Geography filter," for the life of me I can't figure out how to get it to actually *show* the data.
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