Hillsboro, Forest Grove see gains in 2018 census data
Move over, Memphis.
Portland's burgeoning citizenry has surpassed the shrinking Tennessean city, according to new U.S. Census data, which means Portland is now the 25th largest burg in the United States.
The Rose City added 4,485 new residents from July, 2017 to July, 2018 — pushing the total population to 653,115. Memphis actually lost about 950 residents in the same span, according to the Census estimates.
Though 2018 was a bumper-crop year for construction cranes — at least 30 were in use in Portland at that time, RLB Crane Index reported recently — there are also flashing indicators that the rise of New Portland may be slowing down.
According to 2018 Census data, nationwide forecasts continue to predict that more total population growth will occur in metropolitan suburbs, including Hillsboro and western Washington County, rather than city centers such as Portland.
Forest Grove grew 1.8%, or 436 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 24,624. Hillsboro saw double the number of residents last year, with 968 new residents, growing by 0.9% in 2018. The population is now estimated at 108,389. Beaverton wasn't far behind Forest Grove, increasing by 1.19%, or 1,172 people, growing to an estimated population of 98,962.
Tigard saw the fastest increase in Washington County, growing 2.6%, or 1,408 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 54,758.