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Seattle Now 18th Most-Populous City in U.S. But Bellevue is Growing Faster

This is now the highest Seattle has ever ranked in terms of U.S. city population

We've been hearing report after report about how Seattle is growing. How newcomers are rushing here and we're basically growing another Seattle within Seattle. Now comes the proof to back up our suspicions. Per FYI Guy Gene Balk, Seattle's population increased by 2.3 percent between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, making it the 18th most-populous city in the United States with a population of 684,451.

That's up two spots from 2014, pushing us past El Paso and Detroit. It's also an all-time high for the city, which peaked as the 19th-biggest city between 1950 and 1960 before the exodus of the 70's dropped us out of the Top 20.

As Balk notes, Denver is hot on our tail and current trends say that the Colorado city will pass us next year. Still, Seattle will keep growing as well as it continues to be among the Top 5 big cities for population growth. The 2.3 percent growth between the aforementioned dates was the fourth-highest in the nation among major cities.

Seattle also grew 66 percent faster than it's surrounding King County towns and cities, the fourth-straight year it has outpaced the suburbs. Seattle's growth actually reflects half of King County's total population growth.

Seattle isn't the fastest-growing ciy in King County, however. That honor goes to Bellevue, which is up 2.4 percent over the same time period. At 139,820, it's still got a ways to go to catch it's western neighbor.
· U.S. Census: Seattle now fourth for growth among 50 biggest U.S. cities [ST]
· The Seattle-Area Has Grown Enough To Add Another Seattle [CS]
· Where Are All These Seattle Newcomers Coming From? [CS]