Issaquah grew by 139 percent since 2000

July 3, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:35 a.m. July 3, 2009

Through annexations and influxes of new residents to Talus and the Issaquah Highlands, Issaquah grew by 139 percent since 2000. Between April 2000 and April 2009, the city swelled to nearly 27,000 residents. The population explosion made the city the fifth fastest growing in Washington.

Issaquah added 15,678 residents due to annexations and growth in the hillside urban villages. State figures show the April 2009 population at 26,890.

Figures released Monday by the state Office of Financial Management showed Issaquah trailing four smaller cities on the list of fastest-growing cities. Snoqualmie — the fastest growing — ballooned by 8,099 residents to 9,730 people.

Issaquah is the 38th largest city in the state; the city ranked 61st in 2000. Seattle, with 602,000 residents, remains Washington’s largest city.

Issaquah added 6,210 residents through annexations alone since April 2000. Providence Point and South Cove were annexed during the period.

City spokeswoman Autumn Monahan said many residents of annexed areas thought of themselves as Issaquah residents before they lived inside the city limits.

Monahan credited city officials and planners with directing new development toward designated areas.

“As a community, we knew growth was coming and through the urban villages we could it in a smart way,” she said.

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