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UPDATED: Census Counts Show UP's Population Grew 4 Percent Over Past Decade

Pierce County's population grew 13 percent since 2000, and it remains the second-largest in the state.

Figures released Wednesday from the 2010 Census show that University Place's population grew by 4 percent over the decade from 2000 to 2010.

Overall, the city's population is 31,144, an increase of 1,211 residents compared to 2000.

The city's ethnic mix also became more diverse. People who identified themselves as white still constitute the biggest group at 22,120, or 71 percent of the city's population, although the group shrunk by almost 3 percent compared to a decade ago.

All other ethnic groups saw a jump, the most dramatic being people who identified themselves as Latinos. That group more than doubled, going from 1,150 to 2,641.

At the county level, Pierce County is still the state's second-most populous county at 795,225 residents, an increase of 94,405 people, or 13 percent.

Washington state’s population rose about 14 percent in the past decade, reaching 6,724,540 in 2010. The state is slightly more diverse, with 77 percent of the population identifying themselves as white, vs. 82 percent in 2000. 

The Hispanic and Latino population grew the fastest, rising 71 percent to about three-quarters of a million people. That group makes up about 11 percent of the state’s population, up from 7.5 percent in 2000.

Among people who identified themselves as one race, the population of native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders grew the fastest, up 69 percent. Asians grew 49 percent; blacks grew 26 percent; American Indian and Alaska natives grew 11 percent; and the white population rose just under 8 percent. People who identified themselves as “Some Other Race” rose 53 percent."

People who identified themselves as two or more races rose 47 percent. They’re still just a small portion of the population, at about 313,000, or just under 5 percent.

 

Pierce County's 20 largest cities and places

    Tacoma city 198,397     Lakewood city 58,163     South Hill CDP 52,431     Puyallup city 37,022     Parkland CDP 35,803     University Place city 31,144     Spanaway CDP 27,227     Graham CDP 23,491     Frederickson CDP 18,719     Bonney Lake city 17,374     Elk Plain CDP 14,205     Artondale CDP 12,653     Lake Tapps CDP 11,859     Prairie Ridge CDP 11,464     Fort Lewis CDP 11,046     Sumner city 9,451     Edgewood city 9,387     Fife city 9,173     Midland CDP 8,962     DuPont city 8,199

 

Pierce County's 20 smallest cities and places

    Enumclaw city 0     Ketron Island CDP 17     Elbe CDP 29     Greenwater CDP 67     Pacific city 92     La Grande CDP 109     Herron Island CDP 151     Ashford CDP 217     Alder CDP 227     Kapowsin CDP 333     South Prairie town 434     Raft Island CDP 459     Wilkeson town 477     Vaughn CDP 544     Carbonado town 610     McKenna CDP 716     Ruston town 749     Roy city 793     Dash Point CDP 931     Anderson Island CDP 1,037

CDP - Census-Designated Place, which are delineated for each decennial census as the statistical counterparts of incorporated places.

Source: American Factfinder

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