The Washington State Office of Financial Management released its annual population figures Friday, and there’s one statistic that won’t surprise locals: Ridgefield was the fastest-growing city in the state.
The U.S. Census Bureau said Ridgefield’s population grew 13 percent between 2016 and 2017, the highest rate of any city in Washington. The city also claimed the fastest-growing crown from 2013 to 2014. Now, the small city’s estimated population stands at 8,895 people, having increased 15.44 percent from 2018, according to the Office of Financial Management.
Growth has caused issues around Ridgefield. In 2017, school district voters approved a bond to deal with overcrowding in the district. Ridgefield Superintendent Nathan McCann said the district has roughly 3,200 students, with an anticipated 1,760 new pupils enrolling by 2023.