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Sunnyside 58th largest city in the state

The number 58 may not seem that impressive, but Sunnyside residents should be boasting about that number.

At the end of June, the Washington State Office of Financial Management released population figures for the year 2004. The state uses these population figures in part to help determine the allocation of state revenues.

Sunnyside contributed to the state's significant 1.1 percent population increase from 2003. The state grew by 69,500 residents to 6.167,800 residents. In 2003, the state had a population increase of 56,590 residents from the previous year.

According to the state figures, which were official as of April 1, Sunnyside is the 58th largest city out of 281 communities in the state. Sunnyside grew by 220 residents from population figures calculated in 2003 by the state Office of Financial Management. Sunnyside had 14,300 residents in 2003. The figure increased to 14,520 residents in 2004. Sunnyside is just behind the community of Arlington, which has 14,700 residents.

One of the fastest growing cities in the state is just behind Sunnyside on the list is Battle Ground. Battle Ground saw dramatic increases in its population from 2003 (12,560 residents), rising to 14,220 residents this year.

The largest city in Yakima County is Yakima, which grew by 260 residents from 2003 to 79,480 this year. Yakima has a firm grip as the 10th biggest city in the state well ahead of Bellingham (71,080 residents) and behind Federal Way (83,590 residents).

Behind Sunnyside, Toppenish is the next largest city in the county with 9,000 residents. Toppenish ranks as the 74th largest city in the state. Grandview follows as the 80th biggest city with a population of 8,540 residents, growing by 65 from the previous year.

At the upper end of the county, Selah comes in as the 92nd largest city with 6,625 residents. Selah grew by 125 residents from 2003 figures. Union Gap is the 100th largest city in the state with 5,675 residents. Granger comes in as the 139th largest city in the state with 2,760 residents, up by 50 from the previous year. Zillah is the 143rd largest city with 2,525 residents.

Neighboring Mabton is the 156th largest city in Washington with 2,065 residents.

Yakima County is the seventh largest county in the state with 227,500 residents. Yakima County grew by 4,919 residents from 2000.

King County is the largest county in the state with 1,788,300 million residents, which is actually down from 1,779,300 million in 2003.

Seattle continues to be the largest city in the state with 572,600 residents. Spokane is the second largest city in the state with 197,400 residents followed by Tacoma with 196,800 residents.

The Tri-Cities are also continues to grow. Kennewick is the 13th largest city in Washington with 58,970 residents. Richland is the 20th largest city in the state with 42,660 residents followed by Pasco, 21st largest, with 40,840.

. Mike Kantman can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or email him at mkantman@eaglenewspapers.com

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