Oregon’s fastest, slowest growing cities


New data from the Census Bureau reveals Bend grew by more than 2,000 residents from 2013 to 2014.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

New data from the Census Bureau reveals Bend grew by more than 2,000 residents from 2013 to 2014.

That places the Central Oregon in the top-40 of the 574 largest cities in the country in terms of population growth.

No large city in the state had a decrease in its population. Portland grew by about 8,300 people, or 1 percent. After Bend, Hillsboro and Beaverton had the highest population growths, at 2.1 and 1.7 percent.

The entire state was 16th in population growth nationally at 1 percent, while North Dakota was first, at 2.2 percent.

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

The slowest-growing city in the state was Gresham, which attained fewer than 500 residents from 2013 to 2014.

Factors contributing to the low population growth and few jobs are numerous, she said. Low homeownership. The recession hitting Gresham harder. Major companies like Nike and Intel deciding, years ago, to set up camp in Beaverton, not Gresham.

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

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