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Dow Constantine


King County experiences strong population growth according to 2010 census results

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King County is growing and has a diverse multitude of residents, based on data revealed yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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King County is growing and has a diverse multitude of residents, based on data revealed yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The census counted 1,931,249 residents in King County, a number that confirms King County's rapid population growth during the first decade of the 21st century. Based on data collected in April of last year, the county gained just under 200,000 residents, an increase of 11.2%, since the last complete census in 2000. King County grew faster than the nation as a whole, which grew at a rate of 9.7% nationwide.

"I want to thank every resident of King County for responding to the Census last year," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "These long-awaited results are exciting because they show our diversity and growth. The data will be used by the county to more efficiently target our products and services to the communities where they are most needed."

The data also confirms the growing diversity of King County's population: persons of color now make up more than one-third of our population. The number of non-Hispanic white persons is slightly smaller than it was in 2000. The entire population increase consisted of persons of color. Asian-Americans accounted for nearly half the increase over the decade, and Hispanic or Latino persons accounted for more than one-third. Additionally, there were smaller increases in the African-American, Pacific Islander and Native American populations, and persons who reported more than one race.

Recent Census Bureau estimates indicate that King is the nation's 14th most populous county, and is larger than 14 states including Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and West Virginia. However, the release of Census 2010 is not yet complete; by mid-March we'll know if King County retains its ranking.

King County's population growth comprised nearly one-quarter of Washington state's 830,000 increase during the decade. The state increase of 14% was enough to gain an additional seat in Congress, the only state outside the Sunbelt to do so in 2010. The Census data released today will be used to redraw Congressional, legislative and county council district boundaries during 2011.

King County Population Change, 2000 - 2010

Population

Population

Percent

2000

2010

Change

Change

Total Population

1,737,034

1,931,249

194,215

11.2%

Non-Hispanic

1,641,792

1,758,871

117,079

7.1%

White

1,275,127

1,251,300

-23,827

-1.9%

African-American

91,798

116,326

24,528

26.7%

Asian

186,615

280,029

93,414

50.1%

Pacific Islander

8,737

14,068

5,331

61.0%

Native American

14,278

12,931

-1,347

-9.4%

Other

4,577

4,688

111

2.4%

Hispanic

95,242

172,378

77,136

81.0%

Two or more race

60,660

79,529

18,869

31.1%

Total Population

1,737,034

1,931,249

194,215

11.2%

For further information contact King County Demographer Chandler Felt at (206) 263 - 9693 or Chandler.felt@kingcounty.gov

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King County Executive
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