The Census Bureau today released its population numbers from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue ranked No. 10 in numeric growth, adding 57,514. No. 1 was metro Houston, at 137,692, followed by New York, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.
King County was No. 4 nationally, adding 37,000, growing 1.8 percent. Houston’s Harris County led the nation with 83,000 newcomers.
Washington state’s overall population growth was 1.1 percent. Pierce County grew 0.9 percent and Snohomish County 1.8 percent. Eleven Washington counties saw population loss.
Elsewhere in the Northwest, Oregon grew by 0.8 percent (Portland’s Multnomah County, 0.9 percent); Idaho, 1 percent, and Alaska, 0.7 percent.
In general, according to the Census, energy boom regions saw some of the fastest growth. For example, Williston, N.D., in the middle of the Bakken oil play, grew by nearly 11 percent. In the new Economic Census, oil and gas extraction is the fastest growing segment among industries.