The US Census Bureau recently released new population statistics that reveal Seattle added just over 17,000 people to its population in 2017, which equates to about 326 people per week or 46 people per day. As Curbed Seattle reports, Seattleites aren’t likely to be surprised at the latest figures, which show “that around 724,745 people lived in the Seattle city limits alone as of July 2017.”
Our population has grown at a rate much faster than previously estimated and is currently about “50,000 ahead of the 2016 American Community Survey five-year estimates,” which have climbed 116,000 since the last full census, taken in 2010. As the article outlines, “that’s a 2.5 percent growth in just one year, and nearly 19 percent growth since 2010.”
Looking to King County as a whole, the population has increased 13.5 percent since 2010 at 2.19 million. And though May revealed a slight—and rare—inventory increase in homes for sale within King County, it is not likely to provide much relief given rising population rates.
The article outlines that, Seattle is now “the sixth-fastest growing large city in the country, based on 2016-2017 increases, behind San Antonio, Phoenix, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Los Angeles.” But since 2010, the Emerald City has boasted more significant growth than any other large city by almost a full percentage point.