Monday, June 16, 2014

In-Migration Makes Up Two-Thirds of Oregon's 2013 Population Growth

In 2013, Oregon’s population increased by 35,285 people to total almost four million. During the past 10 years, the population has grown 10.8 percent. Portland State University’s Population Research Center recently released more detailed information on why this population growth has occurred. 

Two main factors comprise population change. First, population can increase or decrease through net migration. That is, over the year, people either move into or out of the area in question. The second factor is natural increase or decrease. An area naturally increases in population if more births than deaths occur in a given year.

Following a dramatic decline in gains from migration during the recessionary years of 2007 to 2009, an increasing number of people have moved to Oregon during the past three years. Net migration increased from 14,027 in 2012 to 23,280 (+66%) in 2013. While net in-migration increased, natural increase stayed roughly the same, at about 12,000. This means net migration gains made up about two-thirds of Oregon’s 2013 population growth. The combination of natural increase and net in-migration (+35,300) led to the largest increase in population since 2008.

For more information on Oregon's population change, read the full article here: In-Migration Makes Up Two-Thirds of Oregon's 2013 Population Growth.


Anonymous said...

What is your estimate for Oregon net-migration for 2014 and for 2015?

Gail Krumenauer said...

The Oregon Employment Department doesn't create the net in-migration statistics. Those come from the Population Research Center at Portland State University. Here's a link to the web page with the population estimates:

The 2014 net in-migration report should be published in the spring of 2015.