Oregon among fastest growing states


Despite the recession, Oregon’s 10-year growth rate by percentage was the 18th-highest nationally, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Despite the recession, Oregon’s 10-year growth rate by percentage was the 18th-highest nationally, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census released national and state population figures on Tuesday.

The population figures “confirm what I already thought, and that is Oregon is doing OK,” [senior economist with Eco­Northwest Bryce Ward] said, especially compared with other states that had smaller growth rates or lost residents, such as Michigan.

Even though Oregon gained population, it didn’t grow as fast as it did between 1990 and 2000, when the population increased by 20.4 percent. Still, the 12 percent increase was higher than the state’s 7.9 percent growth rate in 1980 to 1990, a decade hammered by a severe recession that hit the wood products industry hard.

Read more at the Register-Guard.

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