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Population Race

Consider the following data for these cities in Whatcom County (WA), which reflects the population increase from 2006 to 2007, as well as the percent increase:

  • Nooksack: 71 people (7.1 %)
  • Sumas: 66 people (5.9 %)
  • Blaine: 170 people (3.8 %)
  • Lynden: 400 people (3.7 %)
  • Ferndale: 260 people (2.5 %)
  • Bellingham: 1760 people (2.4 %)
Question 1: What are the populations of each of these cities in 2007?

Question 2: Assuming that these growth rates stay constant, which city will be the first to overtake Bellingham population-wise...and when? Which will be the last..and when?

Source: Bellingham Herald, June 28, 2007