Saturday, July 12, 2008

Washington Trends: Population growth

Washington TrendsThe Washington Trends section of the Office of Financial Management Web site provides a wealth of demographic information for Washington state. The statistics on population growth are of particular interest, since Washington state continues to increase in population.

Population Change
The following map shows the percentage changes in population in Washington state counties from 1980 to 2000, and is based on U.S. Census Bureau data:

Population change - 1980 to 2000

Population growth is comprised of two major components — natural increase and net migration. In the early 1990s, the poor economic climate in California resulted in over 400,000 persons migrating out of state. Many of these people moved to Washington state, which accounts for a large spike in population growth during the 1990s, as shown in the following chart:

Population Change and Net Migration

For more information on Washington state population statistics, see Population in Washington Trends.

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