Seattle was one of the fastest growing cities this past decade. From 2013 to 2018, it it was also the fastest growing large city in the U.S. (defined as 350,000 people or more), according to a recent study.

The study conducted by Car Insurance Companies analyzed data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, which showed recent gains in population across certain cities but an overall decline in the country’s population growth. It looked at population data from 2013 to 2018 to find growth rates, total population growth and the percentage of college-educated residents.

From 2013-2018, Seattle had stretched by 90,731 people. The data, however, tells a population growth story that combats our collective assumptions. 

Despite the booming tech industry and a reputation for drawing millennials, the fastest growing age group in Seattle was ages 65 to 74. Surprisingly, the only city in the top 10 with a fastest growing age group lower than 50 was Tampa, FL. 

The top 10 fastest growing cities are:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Forth Worth, TX
  3. Miami, FL
  4. Tampa, FL
  5. Denver, CO
  6. Austin, TX
  7. Charlotte, NC
  8. Atlanta, GA
  9. Mesa, AZ
  10. Raleigh, NC

Overall, Washington was also one of the only states to have a positive growth from 2018 to 2019. It ranked seventh with a 1.2% increase. 

A version of this article was first published on Seattle PI by Alex Halverson.

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