Ridgefield’s growth once again makes the top of a statewide list according to the latest numbers from the Washington State Office of Financial Management for population changes from 2018 to 2019.
Though the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show that between July, 1, 2017 and 2018 Ridgefield wasn’t growing as fast as some other Washington cities, the annual April 1 projections from the OFM, released late last month, show that growth ramped up from 2018 to 2019.
OFM estimated that by April 1 Ridgefield’s population was at 8,895, up close to 1,200 over 2018’s estimate. Not only does that growth at more than 15.4% put Ridgefield as the fastest-growing city in the state from 2018 to 2019 by percentage, it also puts the city as the 14th-fastest-growing city in Washington by numbers alone.
Ridgefield’s growth wasn’t by city expansion save a few residents, as the OFM data showed only six citizens were added due to annexation. Overall the office estimated an increase of about 9,000 people in Clark County as a whole, which accounted for close to 6.5% of total growth in the state.
Statewide, Washington’s population increased by about 1.6%, according to OFM. Locally, North County cities largely grew faster than the state average, with only Yacolt growing slower at 1.4% from 2018 to 2019.