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Census shows slight changes throughout county

July 01, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Eight of Washington County's nine municipalities gained or lost less than 1 percent in population from 2007 to 2008, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Wednesday.

The exception was the town of Keedysville, which increased in population from 838 to 862, or 2.9 percent, during that period.

The next highest increase occurred in Boonsboro, with a population hike from 3,374 residents to 3,399 residents, or 0.7 percent.

The Census Bureau officially counts population at the federal, state and local levels every 10 years. The next count is scheduled for 2010.

In between, the Census Bureau estimates populations.

Estimates released Wednesday compared municipalities' population numbers for July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008.

In Washington County, the city of Hagerstown and the towns of Hancock, Sharpsburg and Smithsburg also had slight gains.

The towns of Clear Spring, Funkstown and Williamsport had slight losses.

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