Mar 25, 2024 - News

Charted: Seattle area sees modest growth

Change in population, 2020 to 2023
Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Seattle area hasn't been the nation's biggest boomtown these past three years, census data shows. But unlike some high-priced U.S. cities, it hasn't seen its population decline, either.

By the numbers: The population of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area grew an estimated 0.4% between 2020 and 2023, per data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Yes, but: That growth didn't happen in King County, which saw a 0.13% decline from 2020 to 2023.

  • That suggests the area's modest growth has been driven by migration to neighboring Snohomish and Pierce counties.

The big picture: The San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles areas lost population over the three-year period, while several metro areas in Florida — as well as Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas — saw big gains.


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