These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Washington For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Washington.

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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Seattle and Spokane, while others want peace and quiet like in Wapato and Blaine, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Washington have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Evergreen State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Washington for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Kirkland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Burien (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Connell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Ridgefield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Sammamish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Snoqualmie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Kent (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Airway Heights (Homes For Sale)
  9. Yelm (Homes For Sale)
  10. Bothell (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Kirkland, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Washington are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Washington or the Fastest Growing States In America.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Evergreen State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 118 Washington cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Evergreen State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2017 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Washington with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in washington

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1. Kirkland

Kirkland, Washington

Population: 86,772
Population 2010: 47,677
Growth Rate: 82.0%
Absolute Growth: 39,095
More on Kirkland: Homes For Sale | Data
Kirkland is a city in King County, Washington, United States. A suburb east of Seattle, its population was 87,281 at the 2015 census estimate, which made it the sixth largest city in the county and the twelfth largest in the state.

2. Burien

Burien, Washington

Population: 50,729
Population 2010: 32,743
Growth Rate: 54.93%
Absolute Growth: 17,986
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Burien (/bjrin/ BYUR-ee-n) is a suburban city in King County, Washington, United States, located south of Seattle on Puget Sound. As of the 2010 Census, Burien’s population was 33,313, which is a 49.7% increase since incorporation. An annexation in 2010 increased the city’s population to about 50,000.

3. Connell

Connell, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,447
Population 2010: 3,570
Growth Rate: 52.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,877
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Connell is a city in Franklin County, Washington, United States. The population was 4,209 at the 2010 census. The Washington State Office of Financial Management’s 2015 estimate placed the population at 5,446.

4. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,637
Population 2010: 4,364
Growth Rate: 52.09%
Absolute Growth: 2,273
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Ridgefield is a city in the pastoral, rolling-hills countryside of northern Clark County, Washington, in the United States. The population was 4,763 at the 2010 census.

5. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Population: 62,877
Population 2010: 43,341
Growth Rate: 45.08%
Absolute Growth: 19,536
More on Sammamish: Homes For Sale | Data
Sammamish /smæ.m/ is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 63,773 in a 2016 census estimate. Located on a plateau, the city is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east.

6. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington

Population: 12,944
Population 2010: 9,058
Growth Rate: 42.9%
Absolute Growth: 3,886
More on Snoqualmie: Homes For Sale | Data
Snoqualmie (/snokwlmi/ snoh-KWOHL-mee) is a city next to Snoqualmie Falls in King County, Washington. It is twenty-five miles east of Seattle. This city is home to the Northwest Railway Museum. The population was 13,190 in a 2016 census estimate.

7. Kent

Kent, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 126,561
Population 2010: 89,446
Growth Rate: 41.49%
Absolute Growth: 37,115
More on Kent: Homes For Sale | Data
Kent is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. It is the sixth largest city in the state and third largest in the county. Kent is in the heart of the Seattle–Tacoma metropolitan area, located 19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma. Incorporated in 1890, it is the second oldest incorporated city in King County, after Seattle. Kent’s population as of April, 2010 was 92,411 according to the 2010 census. The total grew to an estimated 126,952 as of July 1, 2015, owing primarily to annexation.

8. Airway Heights


Population: 8,017
Population 2010: 5,819
Growth Rate: 37.77%
Absolute Growth: 2,198
More on Airway Heights: Homes For Sale | Data
Airway Heights is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, just west of Spokane. The population was 6,114 at the 2010 census. The city’s name was taken from its close proximity to the runways at Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International Airport.

9. Yelm


Population: 8,425
Population 2010: 6,186
Growth Rate: 36.19%
Absolute Growth: 2,239
More on Yelm: Homes For Sale | Data
Yelm /jlm/ is a city in Thurston County, Washington, US. Its population was 6,848 at the 2010 census. It ranked 10th of 279 eligible incorporated communities in Washington for population growth from 2000–2010.[citation needed]

10. Bothell

Bothell, Washington

Population: 44,082
Population 2010: 32,658
Growth Rate: 34.98%
Absolute Growth: 11,424
More on Bothell: Homes For Sale | Data
Bothell (/bl/ BOTH-l) is a city located in King and Snohomish Counties in the State of Washington. It is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. Based on per capita income, Bothell ranks 78th of 614 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Washington are led by Kirkland which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Washington

Rank City Pop 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Kirkland 86,772 47,677 39,095 82.0%
2 Burien 50,729 32,743 17,986 54.9%
3 Connell 5,447 3,570 1,877 52.6%
4 Ridgefield 6,637 4,364 2,273 52.1%
5 Sammamish 62,877 43,341 19,536 45.1%
6 Snoqualmie 12,944 9,058 3,886 42.9%
7 Kent 126,561 89,446 37,115 41.5%
8 Airway Heights 8,017 5,819 2,198 37.8%
9 Yelm 8,425 6,186 2,239 36.2%
10 Bothell 44,082 32,658 11,424 35.0%
11 Tumwater 22,005 16,834 5,171 30.7%
12 Pasco 70,607 54,116 16,491 30.5%
13 Liberty Lake 8,905 6,835 2,070 30.3%
14 Dupont 9,303 7,141 2,162 30.3%
15 Issaquah 35,629 27,838 7,791 28.0%
16 Port Orchard 13,476 10,734 2,742 25.5%
17 West Richland 13,797 11,037 2,760 25.0%
18 Duvall 7,683 6,271 1,412 22.5%
19 Gig Harbor 8,651 7,102 1,549 21.8%
20 Maple Valley 25,375 20,974 4,401 21.0%
21 Camas 22,086 18,348 3,738 20.4%
22 Ferndale 13,171 10,993 2,178 19.8%
23 Bonney Lake 19,560 16,408 3,152 19.2%
24 Battle Ground 19,439 16,337 3,102 19.0%
25 Orting 7,460 6,276 1,184 18.9%
26 Covington 19,918 16,814 3,104 18.5%
27 Richland 53,991 45,780 8,211 17.9%
28 North Bend 6,645 5,688 957 16.8%
29 Redmond 60,712 52,124 8,588 16.5%
30 Bellevue 139,014 119,454 19,560 16.4%
31 Fife 9,805 8,434 1,371 16.3%
32 Lynden 13,452 11,580 1,872 16.2%
33 Stanwood 6,825 5,876 949 16.2%
34 Lacey 46,655 40,334 6,321 15.7%
35 Seattle 688,245 595,240 93,005 15.6%
36 Auburn 77,440 66,985 10,455 15.6%
37 Quincy 7,333 6,345 988 15.6%
38 Renton 99,692 86,372 13,320 15.4%
39 Lake Stevens 31,022 26,902 4,120 15.3%
40 Washougal 15,241 13,223 2,018 15.3%
41 Moses Lake 22,038 19,150 2,888 15.1%
42 Newcastle 11,346 9,868 1,478 15.0%
43 Marysville 66,178 57,855 8,323 14.4%
44 Cheney 11,735 10,283 1,452 14.1%
45 Poulsbo 10,005 8,795 1,210 13.8%
46 Pullman 32,382 28,655 3,727 13.0%
47 Mill Creek 19,706 17,485 2,221 12.7%
48 Othello 7,797 6,919 878 12.7%
49 Kennewick 78,858 70,341 8,517 12.1%
50 Arlington 18,884 16,913 1,971 11.7%
51 Blaine 5,075 4,550 525 11.5%
52 Kenmore 22,154 19,947 2,207 11.1%
53 Milton 7,481 6,737 744 11.0%
54 Selah 7,652 6,899 753 10.9%
55 Mercer Island 24,768 22,376 2,392 10.7%
56 Pacific 7,113 6,455 658 10.2%
57 Woodinville 11,675 10,651 1,024 9.6%
58 Enumclaw 11,670 10,659 1,011 9.5%
59 Woodland 5,765 5,271 494 9.4%
60 Olympia 49,928 45,708 4,220 9.2%
61 Brier 6,697 6,133 564 9.2%
62 Prosser 5,967 5,471 496 9.1%
63 Mount Vernon 33,787 31,044 2,743 8.8%
64 Monroe 18,149 16,695 1,454 8.7%
65 Sequim 6,819 6,273 546 8.7%
66 Ocean Shores 5,714 5,260 454 8.6%
67 Edgewood 10,165 9,369 796 8.5%
68 Seatac 28,597 26,433 2,164 8.2%
69 Ellensburg 19,307 17,847 1,460 8.2%
70 Federal Way 94,905 87,792 7,113 8.1%
71 Bellingham 85,388 78,989 6,399 8.1%
72 Puyallup 39,637 36,703 2,934 8.0%
73 Tukwila 20,025 18,567 1,458 7.9%
74 Wenatchee 33,544 31,173 2,371 7.6%
75 Ephrata 7,956 7,407 549 7.4%
76 Snohomish 9,713 9,047 666 7.4%
77 Spokane Valley 94,424 88,100 6,324 7.2%
78 Vancouver 171,393 160,202 11,191 7.0%
79 Grandview 11,112 10,391 721 6.9%
80 College Place 9,041 8,502 539 6.3%
81 Mukilteo 21,101 19,847 1,254 6.3%
82 East Wenatchee 13,624 12,844 780 6.1%
83 Sunnyside 16,248 15,350 898 5.9%
84 Everett 107,560 101,667 5,893 5.8%
85 Des Moines 31,080 29,401 1,679 5.7%
86 Normandy Park 6,634 6,281 353 5.6%
87 Shoreline 55,431 52,529 2,902 5.5%
88 Bainbridge Island 23,689 22,486 1,203 5.3%
89 Lake Forest Park 13,247 12,586 661 5.3%
90 Yakima 93,182 88,630 4,552 5.1%
91 Burlington 8,590 8,171 419 5.1%
92 Bremerton 39,584 37,689 1,895 5.0%
93 Sumner 9,789 9,325 464 5.0%
94 Anacortes 16,425 15,668 757 4.8%
95 Lynnwood 37,242 35,529 1,713 4.8%
96 University Place 32,528 31,082 1,446 4.7%
97 Mountlake Terrace 20,922 19,998 924 4.6%
98 Walla Walla 32,585 31,177 1,408 4.5%
99 Union Gap 6,152 5,893 259 4.4%
100 Tacoma 207,280 198,819 8,461 4.3%

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