Region magnet for newcomers as jobs grow

In-migration was the main driver of surging population growth in the region during the last year.

[caption id="attachment_8873" align="alignleft" width="300"]pop-growth-chart2010-2015 The orange line is people moving to the region, and the green is natural increase.[/caption]

The four-county Puget Sound region added 63,270 people in 2015. More than two-thirds of this growth (63%) was due to people moving here.

As the region added 54,300 wage and salary jobs in 2015, we imported nearly 40,000 people.

All of the region’s counties added more people in 2015 compared to the previous year.

While King County added the most people, Snohomish County surpassed other counties by percentage of growth — 2.2% in 2014-2015. During the same period, King County grew by 1.8%, Pierce by 1.1%, and Kitsap by 0.9%.

For more data, check out Puget Sound Trends.