Hood River County is Younger but Not Necessarily Wiser than Oregon: 2018 Population Estimates by Age and Sex

by Dallas Fridley

June 13, 2019

Population estimates by age and sex, produced by Portland State University’s Population Research Center, detail Hood River County’s demographic makeup in 2018. Hood River County’s youth (ages zero to 17) represented 23 percent of its total population, while at the opposite end of the spectrum, retirement age adults and seniors (age 65 and over) held a 15.3 percent share. Working age adults (age 18 to 64) represented 61.6 percent of Hood River County’s population, nearly identical to Oregon’s 61.7 percent. Looking at the broad age makeup, Hood River County’s youth population was significantly larger than Oregon’s, while its senior population was comparatively smaller.
Although Hood River County and Oregon held a similar share of working age adults in 2018, a more detailed breakout identifies some major differences. Young adults represented a much smaller share of Hood River County’s population. Together, the 20 to 24 and 25 to 29 age groups represented 11.2 percent of Hood River County’s population, leaving a gap of nearly 2 percentage points compared with Oregon’s 13.1 percent. Adults in the 30 to 34 and 35 to 39 age groups were also underrepresented, with 12.6 percent of Hood River County’s population, relative to Oregon’s 13.7 percent. Hood River County made up these differences by having comparatively more adults in all age groups from 40 to 59 years. And its clear lead among youth was compensated in part by having relatively fewer adults in all age groups 65 and above. In particular, the 70 to 74 and 75 to 79 age groups together comprised 7.8 percent of Oregon’s population in 2018 compared with Hood River County’s 6.1 percent.
Males outnumber females in Hood River County by the slimmest of margins, with 50.3 percent of its population male and 49.7 percent female. Females held an advantage of 0.7 percent advantage statewide, representing 50.7 percent of Oregon’s 2018 population. Hood River was one of 11 counties in Oregon where males outnumbered females. Surprising or perhaps expected, all 11 counties where males held an advantage were rural.

In Hood River County, females led all age groups age 75 and above. In the 85+ age group, females held a 70.2 percent share, while in the 80 to 84 age group females represented 61.1 percent of the county’s population. Females also held an advantage statewide in these senior age groups, but the margins weren’t quite as wide. Males led the youth and young adult age groups in Hood River County from ages zero through 29. The widest margin was seen in the 18 to 19 age group where males comprised 56.6 percent of Hood River County’s population, a considerably higher share than Oregon’s 50.3 percent.


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