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Big-city growth slows across U.S. — but Seattle still ranks No. 2 in 2018

Looking eastward towards the Alaskan Way viaduct and Seattle skyline during rush hour  Friday, January 4, 2019.  The viaduct will be permanently shut down on January 11, 2018 and then demolished.  The tunnel to replace it is expected to open about three weeks later.
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Some recent cities that saw huge growth, like Atlanta, slumped in population growth this last year. But Seattle's exceptional population gains continue.

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