2018 Population Estimates – Wasco County and Incorporated Cities

by Dallas Fridley

January 16, 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, Wasco County’s population total rose by 100 residents to reach 27,200, an increase of 0.4 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.
Wasco County’s population growth slowed considerably in 2018 following five years of relative stability. Annual population growth ranged from 1.0 percent to 1.5 percent between 2013 and 2017, considerably higher than 2018’s 0.4 percent. Wasco County’s population growth peaked in 2017, rising by 1.5 percent or 400 residents. Since 2012, Wasco County’s population rose by 1,715 residents, an increase of 6.7 percent or 1.1 percent annually.

The City of The Dalles led incorporated areas in 2018, rising by 0.8 percent or 110 residents to total 14,735. The City of Dufur rose by 10 residents to reach 615 and the City of Maupin chipped in five to total 430. Wasco County’s unincorporated areas lost residents in 2018, falling by 25 to total 10,880, a drop of 0.2 percent.

Just over half of Wasco County’s 27,200 residents, 54 percent, lived in the City of The Dalles in 2018. Unincorporated areas represented 40 percent of Wasco County’s 2018 population, while the five remaining cities (Antelope, Dufur, Maupin, Mosier, and Shaniko) together represented 6 percent. Unincorporated areas absorbed about 80 percent of Wasco County’s population growth since 2012, with the City of The Dalles accounting for 17 percent.

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