County grew by 1.6 percent from July 2017 to July 2018, tying for fourth place among the state's 36 counties.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - Jefferson County was among the fastest growing counties in the state over the past year.Central Oregon, apparently, is trending.

Three of the top four fastest-growing counties in the state are in Central Oregon, according to the preliminary Portland State University Population Estimates for Oregon Cities and Counties. The study included the time period between July 2017 and July 2018.

Jefferson County grew by 1.6 percent during the period, increasing by 370 people, from 23,190 to 23,560.

The fastest-growing county in the state last year was Deschutes, which grew by a whopping 3.3 percent, 6,050 people, to 188,980 from 182,930.

Crook County was the second fastest-growing county at 2.7 percent, growing by 605 people, from 22,105 to 22,710.

Washington County grew at a 1.7 percent clip, barely surpassing the 1.6 percent rate for Jefferson. Clackamas County also grew at a 1.6 percent rate.

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 0.5 percent and Sherman 0.8, 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. According to the latest release, Metolius and Culver did not add population during the year. Metolius remained at a reported 740 population and Culver at 1,420.

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