2017 Morrow County Population Growth Steady But Below Oregon’s Trend

by Dallas Fridley

December 7, 2017

Portland State University’s Population Research Center recently released their preliminary population estimates for Oregon, its counties, and incorporated cities. The estimates are still preliminary and subject to public comment and review for about one month. From July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, Morrow County’s population total rose by 145 residents to reach 11,890, an increase of 1.2 percent.
Oregon’s population grew by 64,750 residents in 2017 to total 4,141,100, an increase of 1.6 percent. Since 2012, Oregon’s population gained 257,365 residents, an increase of 6.6 percent or 1.3 percent annually.

Population growth in Morrow County remained steady from  2013 to 2017, rising within a narrow range of 0.9 to 1.2 percent annually. Unincorporated areas in Morrow County grew at a much slower rate than incorporated areas (cities and towns). Unincorporated areas rose by 105 residents between 2013 and 2017, an increase of just 2.4 percent or 0.5 percent annually. Incorporated areas grew at a much higher 7.0 percent since 2012, gaining 485 residents. Morrow County’s unincorporated areas represented 37.7 percent of its 2017 population total. Back in 2012, 38.7 percent of the county’s residents lived in an unincorporated area.

Cities and Towns

The City of Irrigon led Morrow County’s incorporated areas in 2017, rising by 75 residents or 1.2 percent to total 1,975. Unincorporated areas rose by 70 residents or 1.6 percent in 2017. The City of Boardman held steady in 2017 with 3,555 residents. Between 2013 and 2017 Boardman absorbed more than half of the Morrow County population growth, rising by 320 residents or nearly 10 percent. The City of Irrigon gained 145 residents between 2013 and 2017, an increase of 7.9 percent.

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