Census: Issaquah’s population crests 30,000 people
February 24, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011
Issaquah’s population ballooned by more than 170 percent in the last decade to 30,434 people — the result of a population boom fueled by annexations and housing construction.
Information from the 2010 Census released Wednesday also depicts Issaquah as a more diverse city than a decade ago.
The city claimed 11,212 residents after the 2000 Census. In the decade since the last decennial count, housing construction boomed in the hillside Issaquah Highlands and Talus neighborhoods. Issaquah also encroached on unincorporated King County communities through annexations.
Issaquah’s population remains overwhelmingly Caucasian — 77 percent — although the percentage dipped from the 2000 Census — 89 percent — as more and more Asian residents settled in the city.
Asian residents comprise the largest minority group in the city. The percentage jumped from 6 percent, or 677 people, a decade ago to 17.5 percent, or 5,322 people, at the 2010 Census.
Hispanic or Latino residents comprise a slightly larger percentage of the population than during the last decennial count — 5.8 percent in 2010 compared to 5.0 percent in 2000. Issaquah claims 1,764 Hispanic or Latino residents nowadays.
The percentage of black residents inched upward in the last decade, too, from 0.9 percent in 2000 to 1.3 percent, or 422 people, last year.
The population boom included the Issaquah School District. Data released Wednesday puts the district population at 98,660 people. The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle and from Sammamish to Renton.
The information shows how King County continues to grow in diversity and population.
The census counted 1,931,249 residents in the county. The figure — based on data collected in April 2010 — indicates the county gained just less than 200,000 residents since 2000.
King County remains the largest county in the Evergreen State, and Seattle is still the largest city in Washington.
The county is also the 14th most populous county in the United States, and has a larger population than 14 states, including Alaska, Idaho, Montana and West Virginia.
“I want to thank every resident of King County for responding to the census last year,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “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 most recent population estimate from the state Office of Financial Management — released in June 2010 — pegged Issaquah’s population at 27,160 residents.
State demographers relied on data from the 2000 Census as a baseline, and then examined data related to school enrollment, housing, driver licensing and other indicators.