Census: Birch Bay grows by 70 percent

Published on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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Birch Bay had the greatest population growth percentage-wise of any Whatcom County community other than Glacier, according to recently released 2010 census data.

The data, released on February 23, show Birch Bay gained 3,452 people from 2000 to 2010; a 69.6 percent increase. Birch Bay’s current population is 8,143 people. Blaine’s population increased 24.2 percent, growing to 4,684 people.

On a larger scale, Whatcom County’s population grew from 166,814 to 201,140; a 20.6 percent increase. Whatcom County is the state’s ninth most populous county, with King County topping the list.

Birch Bay, Blaine and Whatcom County all grew faster than Washington state, which saw a 14.1 percent increase in population. Washington now has about 6.7 million people, gaining about 830,000.

The state will use the new census data to redraw the state’s congressional districts and add a tenth district.

A bipartisan citizen commission, made up of two Democrats, two Republicans and a nonpartisan chairperson, will work on the redistricting process through 2011.