DuPont is the fastest growing city in the South Sound, expanding at a rate of 140 percent during the past six years, according to recently released growth estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. DuPont replaces Bonney Lake as the fastest growing city in the region, which has expanded at a rate of 33 percent.
Other cities that experienced growth include: Auburn, 12.3 percent; Buckley, 6.2 percent; Centralia, 5.1 percent; Chehalis, 2.4 percent; Covington, 24.6 percent; Edgewood, 6.9 percent; Kent, 3.6 percent; Lacey, 12.9 percent; Maple Valley, 15.8 percent; Olympia, 4.8 percent, Pacific, 6.1 percent; Puyallup, 9.4 percent; Shelton, 9.1 percent; Sumner, 9.7 percent; Tacoma, 1.3 percent; Tumwater, 5.3 percent and University Place, 2 percent. Enumclaw experienced a population loss of 1.1 percent, as did Federal Way. Lakewood also suffered a loss of 1.3 percent.
Olympia, the state’s 20th-largest city, grew 4.8 percent, from 42,514 to 44,645 since the 2000 census was released. Seattle continued to grow at a healthy pace, and Spokane remained just ahead of Tacoma in its perpetual battle for the title of state’s second-largest city. Tacoma grew 1.3 percent to 196,532, placing it in the position of the 107th-largest city in the nation.
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