Where Seattle’s population boom has come from

Sep 3, 2017, 1:05 AM

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(File, AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

(File, AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

You might be a little surprised about where people are moving into Seattle from.

If you guessed “somewhere in California,” you’d be partially correct, according to an analysis of the most recent census data by Bellhops moving company and LawnStarter. But out of America’s major metro areas, Portland has actually sent the largest share of newcomers to the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area.

RELATED: Seattle sewage plant is having trouble keeping up with population boom

The biggest portion of Seattle’s population boom has been a migration of Washingtonians (8 percent) to the city. In fact, just considering states, Washington and California are nearly equal in sending people to live in Seattle (California’s metro areas are responsible for 7.71 percent of Seattle’s population growth).

Seattle’s recent population boom has been considerable, making it the fastest growing city in the nation. The Emerald City had a net gain of 21,000 residents between July 2015 and July 2016. That’s 3.1 percent growth, or 57 new people each day.

Where people are coming from, however, is not the only takeaway from recent analysis. Check out other interesting points below.

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