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00000181-fa79-da89-a38d-fb7f2b600000Region of Boom is a reporting team at KUOW.We are tracking growth in metropolitan Seattle, which is being reshaped by the demands of a fast-growing technology sector led by Amazon. It’s a boom on a grand scale bestowing wealth and opportunity upon some and disruption and displacement upon others. Take a look at where development is happening now and make sure to tell us what is going on in your own neighborhood.Follow the ongoing discussion at #regionofboomThis project is edited by Carol Smith.

Washington state added the population of Everett last year

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The summer sun sets on Seattle, center of a growing region and state.

Washington state’s population grew by 117,000 people this year from last, to 7.4 million people. That’s like gaining a city the size of Everett.

But the state's Office of Financial Management observes that's down slightly from last year. Growth is still going strong, it says, just not at the frenetic pace we've seen over the last few years.  

Thirty percent of the state's growth is happening the old-fashioned way: babies.

The rest is in-migration from other places, and that's largely about jobs. A tech boom led by Amazon in Seattle is a key center of growth in the state. Half the population explosion in the state since 2010 happened within driving range of Seattle’s tech jobs, and the jobs that got created by the tech jobs.

That’s 350,000 new people in King and Snohomish counties since 2010. But the surge in population extends well beyond the immediate commuter zone, and it's meaningful. Now 55 percent of the population of the state lives in the Puget Sound region.