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Growth Management Act county projections

Population change

In accordance with RCW 43.62.035, the Office of Financial Management (OFM) shall determine the percentage increase in population for each county over the preceding ten-year period, as of April 1.

Population density

Population density is the average number of people per unit of land area. In the U.S., the most common unit of population density is persons per square mile. The land area measurement excludes lakes and other water areas within.

Special area population estimates

OFM produces annual population estimates for ‘special areas’ required by statue.  Special areas include highway urban areas, public transportation benefit areas, and the thermal electric generating facility area.  The special area estimates are based on data produced by the Small Area Estimate Program using GIS-based spatial interpolation procedures.

Contacts for population & demographics

Office of Financial Management
Forecasting and Research Division
P.O. Box 43124
Olympia, WA 98504-3124
360-902-0599 -- Main Reception
360-586-1988 -- Fax

GIS data

Small area estimates program: GIS shapefiles for select census geographic areas and other areas of statewide significance. Includes annual population and housing estimates from 2010 onwards.

State Data Center program

The State Data Center (SDC) program is a cooperative program between the states and the Census Bureau created in 1978 to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments. The Business and Industry Data Center (BIDC) program was added in 1988 to meet the needs of local business communities for economic data. The Office of Financial Management is the state agency responsible for administering these programs in Washington state.