Where New Residents of Seattle Are Moving From

Seattle might have a reputation for its high number of rainy days, but that doesn’t stop people from moving there from sunnier climes.

The metro area population grew 1.9 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the latest census figures. During that time the population went from 3,727,100 people to 3,798,900.

King County, where the city of Seattle is located, grew less so at 1.55 percent from 2015 to 2016, with a total of 2,149,970 million residents.

While some of the growth can be attributed to birth rates and immigration, the big chunk of new residents are movers from within Washington and across the U.S.

So where are all those people coming from?

Another census study, conducted over five years from 2010-2014, gives us a pretty good idea of all the different places new Seattleites are coming from.

King County attracted 105,633 domestic movers during the five year span of time. The majority, 61.97 percent, came from out of the state, while the other 38% came from within Washington.

Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to King County:

Movers outside of Washington:

  1. Los Angeles County, CA
  2. Maricopa County, AZ (Phoenix)
  3. San Diego County, CA
  4. Multnomah County, OR (Portland)
  5. Cook County, IL (Chicago)

Movers from Washington:

  1. Snohomish County
  2. Pierce County
  3. Spokane County
  4. Clark County
  5. Kitsap County

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This page was created June 20, 2016 and updated April 27, 2017

Al Harris