How America has changed: 225 years of statistics
For the fourth consecutive year, Whatcom County’s population last year grew at a rate faster than the rest of the state, according to United States Census estimates released Thursday, April 18.
As of July 1, 2018, an estimated 225,685 people were living in Whatcom County, according to census bureau statistics — a 1.82% increase, or 4,035 more people, compared with the estimated 221,650 that lived in the county as of July 1, 2017.
It’s the third consecutive year Whatcom’s estimated population grew by more than 4,000 people.
Whatcom County had a higher percentage of people moving to the area (84.34%) than the state average (70%). According to the census estimates, 3,403 people moved to Whatcom County between the summers of 2017 and 2018 — 2,834 domestically and 569 from international locations.
Population estimates for individual cities were not part of Thursday’s release.
Washington state’s population grew 1.48% (110,160 people) during the same period, seeing population estimates increase from 7,427,449 in 2017 to 7,537,609 in 2018.
The Evergreen State, as a whole, grew more than twice as fast as the national average, according to the estimates — continuing a trend since the last census in 2010. The U.S. population is estimated to have grown more than 2 million people to 327,167,434 in 2018, according to the data — a 0.62% increase.
Here are some other Whatcom County highlights from the data released Thursday:
▪ Whatcom County’s 1.82% increase in 2018 was the 10th-highest rate in the state behind Wahkiakum County, which grew 3.41% to 4,426. Thurston County (2.19% increase) was the only other top-10 member besides Whatcom with a population of more than 200,000. King County was in the bottom half of the state with a 1.31% increase.
▪ Since July 1, 2010, Whatcom County’s population estimate has grown 11.98%, or 24,138 people — the ninth-highest rate in the state behind No. 1 Franklin County (19.30%). Whatcom is slightly ahead of the state average of 11.75% for that time. King County has had the third-fastest growth rate since 2010 at 15.21%.
▪ Whatcom County’s growth rate has actually slowed a little from the past two estimates. In 2017, the county saw a 2.35% increase, following a 2.18% increase in 2016. But this was also the fifth-straight year the county’s rate has been higher than 1%.
▪ Whatcom County remained the ninth most-populated county in the state behind King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, Clark, Thurston, Kitsap and Yakima counties. There was no change in the state’s top 10 counties.
▪ According to census estimates, Whatcom County had a natural increase in the population of 618 from 2017 to 2018 with 2,293 births and 1,675 deaths. That represents 15.32% of the county’s increase for the year — almost half the state’s 29.89% natural increase rate.