Northwest NEWS

August 6, 2001

Local News

City to take part in Count Question Resolution program

WOODINVILLE - Housing estimates released in early June by the U.S. Census Bureau reflect an 11 percent decrease in housing units as previously calculated for the city of Woodinville by the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM). The city is launching an outreach program, seeking landlords with rental homes and multifamily (apartment) units owners to provide the number of livable units and the number that were occupied as of April 1, 2000. Information gathered will be submitted to the U.S. Census under their Count Question Resolution program.
   When the city of Woodinville incorporated in 1993, the state OFM estimated the city's population based on extrapolated numbers from five different census blocks of the 1990 U.S. Census. At that time, the city limits population was estimated at 8,857. As of June 2000, based upon growth rates and building permit data, OFM estimated the city's population to be 10,280.
   The U.S. Census population released last month is estimated as 9,194. More specifically, the U.S. Census estimates housing units as 3,600. Based upon King County assessor information and a land use survey conducted this year by the city, housing units are estimated as 4,100.
   Last year Woodinville participated in the U.S. Census count for the first time as an incorporated city (separate from King County).
   "We had a 73 percent response rate from Woodinville residents," notes Pete Rose, city manager. "As a fairly new city that benefits from certain census funding, programs and legislative representation at the state and federal levels, we want to feel confident our numbers are as accurate as can be determined," Rose adds.
   Following a staff presentation on July 9, the City Council directed staff to prepare a Count Question Resolution packet for the U.S. Census.
   Respondents should provide the city with the following information on official letterhead, including a signature; complex name; contact name; address; telephone; addressing for complex; number of livable units on April 1, 2000; number of occupied units on April 1, 2000.
   Send information to City of Woodinville, 17301 - 133rd Avenue NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, ATTN: R. Perkins, Planning and Community Development Department.
   For more information, call (425) 489-2757 ext. 2283.