Newcomers continue to flock to Oregon, according to a new study, with the statewide population rising by more than 41,000 in the last year and 400,000 in a decade. In the Newberg area, however, population numbers are growing at a more modest rate.
Portland State University's population research center released its annual report in mid-November and the preliminary results show that the new residents are gathering in the Portland metro area in particular.
Multnomah County added nearly 8,500 people between 2018 and 2019, while Washington County grew by about 7,100 and Clackamas County increased by almost 4,000. That's nearly half of the state's total growth.
PSU estimates for Newberg call for a 1 percent increase in population from 23,795 in 2018 to 24,045 in 2019. Dundee's population is expected to stay steady at 3,235, as will St. Paul's at 435 souls. Yamhill County as a whole is expected to see a 0.6 percent increase in population from 107,415 in 2018 to 108,060 in 2019.
Newberg is projected to become the 25th most populated city in the state, with Dundee 97th and St. Paul 435th.
Overall, the Beaver State is on track for a 1 percent population growth rate this year, with the state's populace now topping 4.2 million. Portland itself attracted 8,360 out-of-towners, making the Rose City a bustling place filled with 657,100 folks. Eugene comes in second in the estimates with 171,210 residents, while Salem maintains its stature at the third most populated city with 167,220.
"These estimates are based on fluctuations in the numbers of housing units, persons residing in group quarter facilities, births and deaths, students enrolled in public school, persons employed, Medicare enrollees, state and federal tax exemptions, Oregon driver license holders as well as other administrative data that are symptomatic of population change," according to PSU.
The boomtown effect isn't felt everywhere equally. Shrinking rural counties include Wheeler, Wallowa, Union, Sherman, Lake, Harney and Grant, though the total lost citizenry for those counties was less than 200 people.
PSU says 86 percent of the state's growth came from net migration, while the rest was due to births within the state.
From the perspective of percentage, the eastern Oregon town of Boardman is expected to lead the state in population growth in 2019, with an increase from 3,690 to 4,490 people. The agrarian community is followed on the population hit parade by King City, which is expected to grow from 3,700 to 4,190 in 2019, a 11.69-percent hike.
PSU is expected to finalize the numbers in mid-December.
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