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Spokane Remains Washington’s No. 2

Washington grew slowly — less than 1 percent — in the last year from a slight increase in people moving into the state, the Office of Financial Management said today. The annual estimate of state population said net migration, the difference between the number of people moving in and those moving out, had been falling since 2007, but that turned around in 2011 for a slight uptick. For the year ending April 1, the state gained an estimated 49,870 persons, making the overall population 6,817,770, OFM said. Seattle is the largest city, with an estimated population of 616,500. Spokane remains second, at 210.000, ahead of Tacoma at 199,600. The City of Spokane Valley remains the state’s 10th largest, with 90,550/Jim Camden, SR. More here. (Christopher Anderson SR file photo)

Question: Izzit just me, or is Spokane proud to be Washington state's equivalent of Avis?

Spokane, Tacoma Struggle For No. 2

What do you give someone when you’ve already given them the greatest present they’ll ever know? I ask because I lost a bet and have to pay off. I didn’t really lose the bet myself as much as I lost it on behalf of all residents of Tacoma. If we had surpassed Spokane as the state’s second-most-populated city, I would be the one accepting the payoff. But you all dropped the ball in the procreation department. As reported Wednesday by the U.S. Census, Spokane retains the silver medal as runner-up to the mutually resented Seattle. It wasn’t even close, with Spokane building a 10,519 human advantage after leading by just 2,073 in 2000. I bet Doug Clark, a columnist for The Spokesman-Review/Peter Callaghan, Tacoma News Tribune. More here. (SR file photo of Spokane falls)

Question: I've always wondered why Spokane and Tacoma care so much re: which city is second most populated in Washington state. Neither will ever supplant Seattle as No. 1. Can anyone explain this to me?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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