Issaquah’s population inches upward — barely
July 16, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. July 16, 2010
The number of people who moved to Issaquah last year could fit inside Pickering Barn and still have plenty of room to spare.
The annual tally from the state Office of Financial Management shows the city’s population nudged upward by 270 people last year, bringing the population to 27,160 residents. (Historic Pickering Barn holds 400 people.)
The latest population figures indicate a slowdown after a decade marked by large annexations and a housing construction boom in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus. The city ballooned by 139 percent between April 2000 and April 2009.
Issaquah ranked as fifth fastest-growing city in the state during the previous decade. In early 2000, about 11,000 people called Issaquah home. The population had swelled to 26,890 by April 2009.
Issaquah remains the 38th largest city in the state — a spot the city has held since 2008. The city ranked 61st in April 2000.
State demographers rely on changes in school enrollment, housing, voter registration, driver licensing and other indicators to determine population growth. State officials use the population data to determine how dollars should be allotted to municipalities.
Statewide, population inched upward by 65,050 people to about 6.7 million residents — a 0.98 percent increase from 2009.
Seattle, the largest city in the Evergreen State, grew by 10,000 people to 612,000 residents. Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver and neighboring Bellevue rank as the next-largest cities in the state.
The state released the population data June 30.
Chief Demographer Yi Zhao attributed the slowed growth to the ongoing recession and the accompanying slowdown in housing construction.