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Why did Kitsap’s population shrink in 2013?


The U.S. Census Bureau released a nifty interactive map this week chronicling population shifts across the nation.

The map shows population change in 2003 side-by-side with 2013, presenting snapshots of growth separated by a decade.

According to the map, the estimated population of the Bremerton/Silverdale statistical area (read Kitsap County) grew by 1,692 people between 2002 and 2003, a 0.63 percent change. The population dipped by 657 between 2012 and 2013, a -0.26 percent change.

So why does the Census Bureau think Kitsap lost residents last year?

To determine population change, the bureau calculates births, deaths, international immigration (including overseas military deployment) and domestic immigration.

Below is a chart showing how those components played out in Kitsap last year. (Note these numbers don’t add up to the total population change, which incorporates a broader set of factors.)

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