Douglas County Components of Population Change

by Annette Shelton-Tiderman

May 1, 2017

Over the past six years, Douglas County has experienced modest population growth – ranking 24th out of Oregon’s 36 counties. Natural increase was negative as deaths outnumbered births (1.3 deaths per birth). However, net migration pushed the county’s population change to 2.5 percent as in-migrants outnumbered those leaving by 4,695.  The rate of population change reflected the economic downturn of the Great Recession and the subsequent recovery.
In contrast, Oregon experienced a 6.4 percent population change. Natural increase was positive with 1.3 births to every death. Statewide, Oregon was a national leader in in-migration as evidenced by its net migration of 171,874. Fastest growing counties were Deschutes (12.0%), Hood River (10.7%), and Washington (10.2%). Grant (-0.5%) and Harney (-1.4%) were the only counties with losses.

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