OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More people moved to Washington in the past year, helping to push the state’s population above 7 million, according to estimates released Thursday by the Office of Financial Management.
An estimated 7,061,400 people lived in the Evergreen State as of April 2015. The state gained about 93,200 people between 2014 and 2015. The 1.34 percent increase is the largest annual bump since 2008.
More than three-fourths of the population boom was concentrated in the state’s five largest counties — Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane — where economic opportunities continue to draw new residents.
All but two counties in the state expanded, while Wahkiakum and Grays Harbor counties lost residents between 2014 and 2015.
“It’s a decent amount of growth,” said Mike Mohrman, a senior forecast analyst with OFM. “It’s concentrated in a few counties, along Interstate 5 and Spokane.”
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