Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Net Migration Accounts for Most of Oregon's Population Growth

Population growth is split into two major categories: natural increase and net migration. Natural increase is simply the number of births in an area minus the number of deaths. Net migration is the the number of people who move into an area minus those who move out.

Portland State University's Population Research Center estimates these numbers for Oregon, and recently released their preliminary estimates and summary for 2014.

A few highlights from the preliminary estimates:
  • Oregon's population increased by 43,545 (+1.1%) to 3,962,565
  • 74% of Oregon's population growth between 2013 and 2014 occurred due to net in-migration, while 26% came from natural increase
  • Net in-flow of movers has increased for the fourth straight year

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