2018 Population Estimates – Wheeler County and Incorporated Cities

by Dallas Fridley

February 4, 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, Wheeler County lost 30 residents, falling to 1,450.

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.
Annual population growth in Wheeler County ranged from an increase of 1.4 percent or 20 residents in 2016 to a loss of 2.0 percent or 30 residents in 2018. Since 2012, Wheeler County’s resident population rose by 25, an increase of 1.8 percent or 0.3 percent annually.

Wheeler County’s incorporated cities held steady in 2018, while its unincorporated areas lost 30 residents, falling to 675 (-4.3%). The City of Fossil represented about one-third of Wheeler County’s population in 2018 with 475 residents. The City of Spray, home to 11 percent or 160 residents and the City of Mitchell, with 10 percent or 140, were about the same size. Unincorporated areas commanded 46 percent of Wheeler County’s 2018 population total.
Since 2012, unincorporated areas rose by 15 residents, representing about 60 percent of Wheeler County’s total population increase. The City of Mitchell claimed 40 percent of Wheeler County’s population growth since 2012, rising by 10 residents, while the City of Fossil and the City of Spray held steady.

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