State's population growth remains slow at 6.8 million

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's population is continuing to grow at a slow pace.

State officials say the state's population has increased by nearly 50,000 people since April 1, 2011. The Office of Financial Management says that's an increase of .74 percent. That's slightly faster than population growth last year.

Although the state had about 35,500 more babies than deaths, this is the third year Washington has experienced a slowdown in this number.

Washington did better in the area of net migration, or people moving to and leaving the state. The state has gained 14,400 new residents through migration. That's still well below the average annual net migration of 45,000 in the previous decade.

The Office of Financial Management says Washington now has a population of about 6.8 million people.