2010 Census shows slight population increase, more diversity in Edmonds

Results released so far from the 2010 U.S. Census — focused on race, number of residents over age 18 and housing occupancy —  indicate that the population of Edmonds has remained relatively stable in the past 10 years, but has become slightly more racially diverse. Our city also has 870 more housing units than it did in 2000, but as of 2010 a greater percentage of those units were unoccupied.

From 2000 to 2010, Edmonds’ population increased 4.3 percent as the city gained 174 residents, from 39, 515 to 39, 709. By comparison, the population of neighboring Mountlake Terrace decreased slightly, from 20,362 in 2000 to 19,909 in 2010, according to our friends at MLTNews.

While the number of Edmonds housing units increased from 17, 508 in 2000 to 18, 378 in 2010, the percentage of occupied units decreased slightly, from 96.6 percent in 2000 to 94.6 percent last year.

The new Census data shows that Washington’s population has increased overall. Populations of Washington’s largest cities have also increased, but some smaller ones—including Lake Forest Park and Brier—have decreased, MLTNews said. Snohomish County’s population grew 17.7 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Compared to the 2000 Census, which showed 31,358 residents (79.4 percent of total population) age 18 or older, the 2010 Census indicates that 32,323 of us (81.4 percent) are over 18.

The numbers show that Edmonds is more diverse than it was in 2000. The number of people who identified themselves as white decreased from 87.7 percent in 2000 to 83.4 percent in 2010.  Those identifying themselves as Asian grew from 2,199 (5.6 percent of total population) to 2,800 (7.1 percent). There were 2,121 people identified as Hispanic or Latino in 2010 (5.3 percent), compared with 1,312 (3.3 percent) in 2000. And 1,045 (2.6 percent) were identified as African Americans, double the year 2000 population of 530 (1.3 percent).

Our online news partner The Seattle Times has even more details about the 2010 Census here.

  1. The census indicates a 2010 population for Edmonds of 39,709. The city’s website says that our population in 2009 was 40,900. I’m questioning the accuracy of the census, because I believe that the city’s website is correct. Can anyone reconcile the difference between the two numbers?

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