North Olympic Peninsula population grows slightly in 2013

By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News

The population of the North Olympic Peninsula grew a modest 0.64 percent in 2013 with 102,388 people living in Clallam and Jefferson counties, according to new Census Bureau estimates.

Clallam County's population grew by 425 residents last year from 71,887 to 72,312, a 0.59-percent increase.

Jefferson County's population climbed by 230 from 29,846 to 30,076, a 0.77-percent increase, according to recently released estimates.

Each of four incorporated cities on the Peninsula experienced slight population growth in 2013.

Port Angeles added 87 residents for a new estimate of 19,190.

Port Townsend grew by 80 people for a 2013 population of 9,210.

Sequim gained 42 residents for a population of 6,669.

Forks added one person for a new population of 3,688.

Unincorporated Clallam County gained 295 people for a 2013 population of 42,765.

Unincorporated Jefferson County added 150 for a total of 20,866.

Seattle grew at a faster rate than any other major American city in 2013, the Census Bureau estimated in the information released last Thursday.

That city added nearly 18,000 residents in 2013, or a 2.8 percent increase, for a new estimated total of 652,405.

It was the largest jump among the 50 most populous cities in the U.S.

The new population estimate ranks Seattle as the nation's 21st biggest city.

The state's population grew by about 76,000 and is estimated at 6.97 million.

Ridgefield in Clark County grew faster than any other city in Washington, with an increase of 7 percent. Other top-growing cities include Yelm in Thurston County; Uniontown in Whitman County and Liberty Lake in Spokane County.

The five largest cities in the state were Seattle, Spokane (210,721), Tacoma (203,446), Vancouver (167,405), and Bellevue (133,992).

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: May 26. 2014 6:51PM
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