The new number released on June 28 by the Office of Financial Management shows, Washington state population has reached up to 7.5 million. The state has grown by 118,800 residents over the past year, which is the 1.6% increment in the populace. The growth in the population has come from the people who moved into the state. Last year population of the moved people accounted for 76 percent of the state’s population growth.
Since April 1, 2010, the state’s population has grown by 821,900 people, and 295,100 people were those who moved into the state during the time frame. Seattle is in top ten cities of the state in terms of population growth including, Bellevue, Tacoma, Spokane, Kennewick, Redmond, Vancouver, Kirkland, Pasco, and Bellingham. Seattle is located at a seaport on the West Coast of the US. It is the largest city in both the states of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Seattle population till 2018 was 740,745, and it is estimated to be 755,745 people as of 2019.
According to the US census data released in 2018, Metropolitan area of Seattle holds 3.87 million people and is ranked 15th largest city in the US. Seattle is the fastest-growing city in terms of population in the US, and it had remained in the top five largest populated cities in May 2015. In 2016, the city was again in the fastest-growing major cities of the United States with a 3.1% annual growth. The reason for the state’s population growth is a major gateway for trade with Asia. As of 2015, Seattle is the fourth-largest container port in North America. Seattle population contains a large share of residents living alone. It is the fifth-highest populated city in terms of single-person households.
Another Violent Weekend in Chicago, 5 Dead
In 37 separate shooting episodes in Chicago, an 8-year-old girl and 4 people died. This gunfire was not the only one this weekend. The incident left 5 dead and 47 people injured. Shooting took place between 6 pm to 11:59 pm on Friday.
Lori Lightfoot, the Mayor of Chicago, said- “We have way too many guns on the street. We have too many incidents that are petty disputes that are getting solved by somebody fighting and we still are vexed by these large crowds that gather between 11 and 4 am. Where people are outside enjoying the summer and unfortunately become the targets of the people who want to create havoc in communities by shooting into large crowds.”
Even though police took off 6954 illegal guns off the street, the shootings increased by 20% since last year. On Saturday, a 19 year old man was standing in the Humboldt Park at 3:15 am, which is on the west side of Chicago. He was standing with a group of men when the police received a round of bullets.
Just 15 hours after this incident, a 47 year old man was in his vehicle and got shot. He was in his car when an unknown offender approached him and fired shots. The victim died after a short while after being in the hospital.
Other than these two victims, there was a 16 year old male, 29 year old male and again a 39 year old male. There was also a drive-by shooting in Chicago‘s West side on Sunday which injured 6 people. Out of 6, one is in a critical condition.
This happened when 5 women and one man were in the Garfield Park, in Sunday, for a weekend party. It was then that a sedan drove over and open fired. A witness shared her experience with the police. She said- “They drove through the block three times, but the first time we thought it was ok because we know them. Then they pulled around a second and third time, laughed at us. And then I heard 6-10 gunshots.”
Lightfoot, the mayor wants to put an end to this violence in the Tier One neighbourhoods.
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