City of Snoqualmie announces unofficial census results

The city of Snoqualmie announced its unofficial results of the recently conducted special census at its April 10 City Council meeting. The census was taken between March 20 and April 2.

The population of the city is unofficially at 7,807, though official numbers aren't expepted until later this week, said City Clerk Jodi Warren.

The numbers will then have to be certified by the state, a process that should be completed before the end of April, Warren said.

If approved, the numbers would be used as the base number for state tax allocation calculations.

"The purpose of the census is to ensure that the city receives a full share of state funds allotted for public services," she noted.

Unincorporated parts were not included in the count.

In 2005, Washington state's Office of Demographics reported that Snoqualmie's population was 6,345. In 2004, it was 5,110. In 2003, there were 4,785 residents, 2002 marked 4,210, 2001 calculated 3,416 and 2000 was 1,631.

These numbers were based on the national census that occurs every 10 years; the last census was in 2000. The state then follows a formula to estimate population growth based on the national census numbers.

"The city of Snoqualmie is rather unique with our master plan for development," Warren said. "We are growing at a rapid speed."

When recent estimates for 2006's population were announced to city representatives, the city knew those numbers sounded low, Warren explained.

"If you do not agree, the city can challenge that number by having a special census done, so that's when cities need to decide if, in fact, they want to expend the time and financial commitment," Warren said.

At a flat rate of $5 per number of residents, the city paid Calm River Demographics, a private census firm, about $39,000 from its general funds.

The population numbers affect the school district funds, state tax revenue, state liquor profits, basic life-support services and other funding venues.

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