2018 Population Estimates – Hood River County and Incorporated Cities

by Dallas Fridley

January 10, 2019

Portland State University’s Population Research Center recently released their certified population estimates for Oregon, its counties, and incorporated cities. From July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018, Hood River County’s population total rose by 165 residents to reach 25,310, an increase of 0.7 percent.
Oregon’s population grew by 54,200 residents in 2018 to total 4,195,300, an increase of 1.3 percent. Since 2012, Oregon’s population rose by 311,565 residents, an increase of 8.0 percent or 1.3 percent annually.

Hood River County’s population growth slowed considerably in 2018, following five years of relative stability. Annual population growth ranged from 1.7 percent to 2.2 percent from 2013 to 2017, considerably higher than 2018’s 0.7 percent gain. Hood River County’s population growth peaked in 2015, at 2.2 percent, rising by 515 residents. Since 2012, Hood River County’s population rose by 2,435 residents, an increase of 10.6 percent or 1.8 percent annually.

The City of Cascade Locks led the county’s incorporated areas in 2018, rising by 5.0 percent or 65 residents to total 1,375. The City of Hood River’s population rose by a scant 35 residents in 2018 to reach 7,990, producing a growth rate of just 0.4 percent. Hood River County’s unincorporated areas rose by just 65 residents to total 15,945, an increase of 0.4 percent.
Most of Hood River County’s 25,145 residents, 63 percent, lived in an unincorporated area in 2018. The City of Hood River’s 7,990 residents represented nearly one-third of the county’s 2018 population total, while 5 percent lived in the City of Cascade Locks. Unincorporated areas absorbed two-thirds of Hood River County’s population growth between 2013 and 2018; the City of Hood River accounted for 25 percent and Cascade Locks claimed 8 percent.


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