Seattle Growth Outpaces Other Major Cities

   SEATTLE (AP) -- The Census Bureau estimates Seattle grew faster than any other major American city in the past year -- a 2.8 percent rate -- adding nearly 18,000 residents to bring the population to about 652,000.
   The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/RXEuMf ) the new population estimate ranks Seattle as the nation's 21st biggest city.
   The new Census data also show the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area added 57,000 people and remains the nation's 15th-largest metro area, with 3.61 million residents.
   Washington's population grew by 76,000 and is estimated at 6.97 million.