Seattle Central City Growth
Leads Smart Growth Portland

The city of Seattle grew from 516,000 in 1990 to 563,000 in 2000, according to data released by the US Census Bureau today. This 9.1 percent growth was more than that of Portland, which registered an 8.9 percent rate of growth, after adjusting for newly annexed territory.

Seattle's superior growth rate relative to Portland is somewhat surprising, since Portland has implemented a strongly interventionist land rationing (so called "smart growth") policy that seeks to densify (intensify) the regional core. In a related development, the Oregonian reported on 16 March that central census tracts in Portland generally lost population.

(23 March 2001)

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