Morrow County’s Birth Rate Led Oregon from 2010 to 2016

by Dallas Fridley

May 11, 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 (https://www.pdx.edu/prc/population-reports-estimates). Morrow County’s population growth rate from 2010 to 2016 ranked as Oregon’s 14th fastest, at 5.1 percent, just ahead of Jefferson County. Morrow County’s population rose to 11,745 in 2016, an increase of 572 residents since 2010.

Morrow County’s population growth from 2010 to 2016 fell 1.3 percentage points shy of Oregon’s 6.4 percent gain. Net migration provided the underlying strength Oregon relied upon 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.
Morrow County’s net migration ranked quite low from 2010 to 2016, in 34st position or third from the bottom. Morrow County gained just 4.2 net migrants per 1,000 residents – well below top ranking Deschutes County’s 104.7 per 1,000. Net migration represented just 8.2 percent of Morrow County’s population growth, well below Oregon’s 70.1 percent.

Morrow County birth rate, however, led the state at 90.5 births per 1,000 residents.  Morrow County also fell well below Oregon’s death rate, at 36.9 per 1,000, the third lowest rate in Oregon just behind Washington County and Benton County. Morrow County’s rate of natural increase (births minus deaths) ranked second in Oregon from 2010 to 2016, at 47.0 per 1,000, right behind state leading Washington County, at 47.3 per 1,000.


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