The City of Destiny reached a new destination on April 1: 200,000 people.
Tacoma’s population surpassed that number for the first time in its history, according to the latest state population estimates released Thursday.
The city’s population grew by 800 people in the last year for a total population of 200,400, according to the estimates prepared by the state Office of Financial Management.
Tacoma remains the state’s third most populous city behind Seattle, population 626,600, and Spokane, population 211,300.
Spokane solidified its lead over Tacoma in the last 12 months, with the gap between the two cities’ populations growing to 10,900 people from 10,400.
Pierce County welcomed 6,300 new residents, increasing its total population to 814,500 from 808,200.
Washington state’s population experienced its largest annual growth spurt in three years as it added 64,600 residents for a total population of 6,882,400, estimates show.
The top 10 cities for population growth, in descending order, are Seattle, Bellevue, Pasco, Auburn, Renton, Kent, Spokane, Vancouver, Richland and Kennewick.
Housing growth also accelerated in 2013. The state added 23,300 housing units, an increase of 4,600 units, or 24 percent, as compared with 2012.