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New Census Numbers Show Just How Crowded We’re Getting Here

By Kate Martin and Debbie Cockrell | The News Tribune

Last year, enough people arrived in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties to fill Cheney Stadium nearly 10 times over.

From April 2016 through April 2017, the population of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area grew by more than 64,000 people, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The three-county area was the sixth-fastest growing metro area in the country, topped only by Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., areas, the Census Bureau says.

The population numbers account for births and deaths, with the primary driver for growth being people who came here from other places.

The overall population rose to nearly 3.9 million residents for the three counties.

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