Issaquah surpasses 31,000 residents in latest population estimate

June 25, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:15 p.m. June 25, 2012

Issaquah surpassed 31,000 residents in the last year, as population growth continues to inch upward after a decade of expansion.

The latest tally from the state indicates Issaquah added 460 people last year to reach 31,150 residents. The state Office of Financial Management released the information Monday for the period from April 1, 2011, to April 1, 2012.

The state used data from the 2010 Census as a baseline, and then estimated population for Issaquah and other cities from school enrollment, housing construction and driver licensing to determine the numbers.

State officials use the population data to determine how to allocate dollars to municipalities.

Between the decennial censuses in 2000 and 2010, Issaquah ballooned by 170 percent — the result of construction-and-annexation-fueled population growth.

The city ballooned to 30,434 people between 2000 and 2010. Information from the 2010 Census released last year ranked Issaquah as No. 6 on the list of fastest-growing cities in the state during the same period.

In the state estimate released in June 2011, Issaquah added 256 residents between April 2010 and April 2011.

King County added 14,400 residents between April 2011 and April 2012 to reach 1,957,000 people.

Kirkland — fueled by a controversial annexation and the addition of 31,816 people — ranked as the fastest-growing city in the state last year. Seattle, Pasco, Airway Heights, Renton, Bellevue, Pullman, Vancouver, Kent and Spokane completed the top 10.

The state population increased by 49,870 persons to reach 6,817,770 — a 0.74 percent increase, not much more than the 0.64 percent growth rate estimated in 2011.

Issaquah added 235 housing units between April 2011 and April 2012, to bring the total to 14,253 housing units.

The state added 18,000 new housing units in the same period — about 700 fewer than the previous year. The largest amount of growth occurred in King County with 4,000 housing units, or 22 percent, of total housing construction statewide.

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