Transplants push Oregon’s population over 4 million


A study by Portland State University reveals the state’s population grew by 1.3 percent in 2014.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

A study by Portland State University reveals Oregon’s population grew by 1.3 percent in 2014.

In total, the state has 4,013,845 residents due to the waves of transplants moving here.

The Portland metro area saw most of the biggest gains in the state. Multnomah and Washington counties each added 11,700 and 10,000 residents, respectively. This means population growth rates of 1.5 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively. Clackamas joined Deschutes, Marion and Lane counties adding more than 3,000 to their counts.

Oregonians are becoming increasingly urbanized as well. Researchers report that incorporated cities gained most of the new people, reaching a total population of 2.8 million. This does not include unincorporated yet highly urbanized areas such as Clackamas County’s Jennings Lodge area along Highway 99E or Washington County’s Bethany community.

(SOURCE: Portland Tribune)

Eugene remains ahead of Salem for the second-largest city in the state.

Lane County’s growth rate was slightly higher than the previous year. The last time the county’s population grew faster was in glory days of the economic boom in the mid-2000s, when the county notched three years of population increases exceeding 1 percent a year.

This year, Deschutes, Hood River and Washington counties saw the fastest rate of growth, of between 1.8 and 2.6 percent.

(SOURCE: Register-Guard)

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