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Census 2010: Tacoma vs. Spokane

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 17, 2010 at 11:07 am | 3 Comments »
March 17, 2010 11:07 am

I’ve been waiting for a chance to beef with someone on this blog, and it might as well be the bloggers at Spin Control, who are crowing about Spokane’s longstanding dominance of the coveted position of No. 2 city in Washington.

They taunt Tacoma, perpetually a step behind in population, with a bar graph.

And they quote an expert about what might come of the official census projections:

Yi Zhao, Washington’s chief demographer, said that because Spokane has about 8,000 more residential units than Tacoma, it appears unlikely that Tacoma will pass Spokane in the near future. But, she added: “You never know.”

So you’re saying there’s a chance.

Fill out your Census forms, Tacomans, and go for that silver medal. And while I don’t advocate calling your friends in Spokane and telling them the Census has been canceled this year, I do mention it irresponsibly.

As for bar graphs, two can play at that game:

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