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Wilsonville No. 4 among other Metro cities in terms of highest population growth

PMG PHOTO - According to cenus data, Wilsonville was the fourth highest growing city in the Portland metro area from July 2017 to July 2018.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.

Wilsonville grew 2.2%, just a bit behind top-grower Metro cities Scappose (3.1%), Happy Valley (2.9%), and Estacada (3.6%).

The Rose City added 4,485 new residents between July 2017, and 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, the RLB Crane Index reported recently — there are also flashing indicators that the rise of New Portland may be slowing down.

The city's population grew by just 0.69% year over year, according to the 2018 Census data — a far cry from the 1.83% growth rate reported just two years earlier. The estimated Census count in 2016 showed an increase of roughly 11,600 people moving

here.

Whether the slowdown in Portland is a momentary dip in the road or a sign of a harsher construction climate to come,the city will need to add many new homes to become the 24th largest city in the nation.

That spot currently is occupied by another part of Tennessee, the Nashville-Davidson metro area, which has a current population of about 669,000.

Area cities add residents

Portland may be a boom town, but nationwide forecasts continue to predict that more total population growth will occur in metropolitan suburbs, rather than city centers. Here's a look at the rise in population in other towns:

¦ Beaverton increased by 1.19%, or 1,172 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 98,962.

¦ Estacada accumulated by 3.6%, or 121 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 3,518.

¦ Forest Grove grew 1.8%, or 436 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 24,624.

¦ Gresham shrank by 1.06%, or 1,184 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 110,158.

¦ Hillsboro grew by 0.9%, or 968 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 108,389.

¦ Lake Oswego nudged up 0.7%, or 277 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 39,532.

¦ Milwaukie decreased by 0.18%, or 37 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 21,014. Oregon City, by contrast, grew by 2.1%, or 747 people, in 2018. The population is estimated at 37,129. Happy Valley added 612 residents, a 2.9% jump to 21,694 people.

¦ Sandy bumped up 1.54%, or 172 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 11,326.

¦ St. Helens climbed 0.74%, or 101 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 13,801. In Scappoose, the rise was 3.1%, or 224 people. The population is estimated at 7,488.

¦ Sherwood enlarged 0.57%, or 112 people, in 2018. The population is now at 19,679.

¦ Tigard jumped up 2.6%, or 1,408 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 54,758. In contrast, Tualatin expanded 0.08%, or 21 people, in 2018. The population is now at 27,602.

¦ West Linn stepped up 0.1%, or 28 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 26,756.

¦ Wilsonville rose by 2.2%, or 525 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 24,582.

¦ Woodburn increased by 1%, or 264 people, in 2018. The population is now estimated at 26,078

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