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Second only to Deschutes County, Crook gained 605 people from July 2017 to July 2018, and City of Prineville eclipses 10,000 people once again

Central Oregon, apparently, is trending.

Crook County was the second-fastest growing in the state between July 2017 and last July, according to the preliminary Portland State University Population Estimates for Oregon Cities and Counties.

The only county that grew at a faster pace? Deschutes. Meanwhile, Jefferson County ranked fourth in percentage growth, just a 10th of a percentage off of third.

Crook County grew by 605 people during the year, according to the report, from 22,105 to 22,710, a 2.7 percent increase. Only the 3.3 percent growth in Deschutes, which added 6,050 people in the year, going from 182,930 to 188,980, was larger.

Washington County grew at a 1.7 percent clip. Jefferson, which added 370 people, was at 1.6 percent, that same percentage growth rate of Clackamas County. Jefferson's population is estimated at 23,560. Statewide, Oregon grew at a 1.3 percent rate, from 4,141,100 to 4,195,300, according to the estimate.

Of the eight counties that lost population, only one was west of the Cascades: Coos County on the coast, which lost 35 people. The north Central Oregon counties along the John Day River — Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman — endured the highest percentage of loss, according to the report. Wheeler, which dropped from 1,480 to 1,450, had the biggest drop percentagewise in the state with 2 percent. Gilliam lost .5 percent and Sherman .8, dropping 10 and 15 people, respectively.

The city population estimates for July 2018 were: Bend 89,505, Redmond 29,185, Prineville 10,010 and Madras 6,345. The population of Mitchell reported at 140.

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