Hood River County’s Population Growth from 2010 to 2016 Impresses!April 25, 2017 Portland State University’s Population Research Center recently released its 2016 annual Oregon population report tables, which report components of population change: net migration; births; deaths; and natural increase (www.pdx.edu/prc/population-reports-estimates). Hood River County’s population growth rate from 2010 to 2016 ranked as Oregon’s second fastest, at 10.7 percent. Hood River County’s population rose to 24,735 in 2016, an increase of 2,389 residents since 2010. Perhaps more impressive, it was the only non-metro county to rank in Oregon’s top five, bettering Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah. Hood River County finished second to Deschutes County’s growth (Bend-Redmond MSA) from 2010 to 2016, which led Oregon, producing a population gain of 12.0 percent. Population growth rates in Washington (+10.2%), Multnomah (+7.5%), and Clackamas counties (+5.7%) ranked third through fifth; representing three of the seven counties that make up Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA.
Net migration provided the underlying strength Oregon relied upon to produce a population gain of 6.4 percent from 2010 to 2016. Oregon’s population rose by 245,276 with just over 70 percent of its growth attributed to net migration. From 2010 to 2016, Oregon gained about 45 net migrants per 1,000 residents (2010) to reach 4,076,350.
Hood River County’s net migration ranked second in Oregon from 2010 to 2016, at 76 per 1,000 – but well below Deschutes County’s 105 per 1,000. Net migration represented 71 percent of Hood River County’s population growth, quite similar to Oregon’s experience. Hood River County bettered Oregon’s birth rate, at 80 births per 1,000 residents (ranking 7th) and fell below Oregon’s death rate, at 49 per 1,000 (ranking 32nd). Hood River County’s rate of natural increase (births minus deaths) ranked sixth in Oregon from 2010 to 2016, at 31 per 1,000, bettering Deschutes County’s 15 per 1,000 or 11th place. Washington County led Oregon from 2010 to 2016 with a natural increase of 47 per 1,000.