Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Portland and Salem, while others want peace and quiet like in Tillamook and Creswell, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Oregon have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Beaver State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Oregon for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Happy Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sandy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wilsonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Molalla (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- The Dalles (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hillsboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bend (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oregon City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Forest Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Redmond (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Happy Valley, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Oregon are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Beaver State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
We ranked all 77 Oregon cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Beaver State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
1. Happy Valley
Population: 17,474 Population 2010: 12,583
Growth Rate: 38.87%
Absolute Growth: 4,891
More on Happy Valley: Homes For Sale | Data
Happy Valley is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,903 at the 2010 census.
Population: 21,814 Population 2010: 18,900
Growth Rate: 15.42%
Absolute Growth: 2,914
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Wilsonville is a city primarily in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. A portion of the northern section of the city is in Washington County. It was founded as Boones Landing because of the Boones Ferry which crossed the Willamette River at the location; the community became Wilsonville in 1880. The city was incorporated in 1969 with a population of approximately 1,000. The population was 13,991 at the 2000 census, and grew to 19,509 as of 2010. Slightly more than 90% of residents at the 2000 census were white, with Hispanics comprising the largest minority group.
Population: 8,867 Population 2010: 7,695
Growth Rate: 15.23%
Absolute Growth: 1,172
More on Molalla: Homes For Sale | Data
Molalla /mll/ is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 8,108 at the 2010 census.
5. The Dalles
Population: 15,276 Population 2010: 13,275
Growth Rate: 15.07%
Absolute Growth: 2,001
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The Dalles /dælz/ is the county seat and largest city of Wasco County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,620 at the 2010 census, and is the largest city on the Oregon side along the Columbia River outside the Portland Metropolitan area.
Population: 100,462 Population 2010: 88,125
Growth Rate: 14.0%
Absolute Growth: 12,337
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Hillsboro (/hlzbro/) is the fifth-largest city in the State of Oregon and is the county seat of Washington County. Lying in the Tualatin Valley on the west side of the Portland metropolitan area, the city hosts many high-technology companies, such as Intel, that comprise what has become known as the Silicon Forest. At the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 91,611.
Population: 84,416 Population 2010: 74,327
Growth Rate: 13.57%
Absolute Growth: 10,089
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Bend is a city in, and the county seat of, Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. It is the principal city of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bend is Central Oregon’s largest city, and despite its modest size, is the de facto metropolis of the region, owing to the low population density of that area. Bend recorded a population of 76,693 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, up from 52,029 at the 2000 census. The estimated population of the city as of 2013 is 81,236. Bend’s metro population was estimated at 165,954 as of July 1, 2013. The Bend MSA is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Oregon.
8. Oregon City
Population: 35,057 Population 2010: 30,983
Growth Rate: 13.15%
Absolute Growth: 4,074
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Oregon City is the county seat of Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, located on the Willamette River near the southern limits of the Portland metropolitan area. Established in 1829 by the Hudson’s Bay Company, in 1844 it became the first U.S. city west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 31,859.
9. Forest Grove
Population: 23,214 Population 2010: 20,635
Growth Rate: 12.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,579
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Forest Grove is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States, 25 miles (40 km) west of Portland. Originally a small farm town, it is now primarily a bedroom suburb of Portland. Settled in the 1840s, the town was platted in 1850, then incorporated in 1872, making it the first city in Washington County. The population was 21,083 at the 2010 census, an increase of 19.1% over the 2000 figure (17,708).
Population: 27,998 Population 2010: 24,957
Growth Rate: 12.18%
Absolute Growth: 3,041
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Redmond is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. Incorporated on July 6, 1910, the city is on the eastern side of Oregon’s Cascade Range, in the High Desert in Central Oregon. From Redmond there is access to recreational opportunities, including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, and golf. Redmond is a full-service municipality and one of the fastest-growing industrial and residential communities in Oregon. Redmond had a population of 26,215 in 2010, and the population continues to grow at a rate of about 8 percent each year.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Oregon are led by Happy Valley which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
For more Oregon reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Oregon
- 10 Safest Places In Oregon
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Oregon
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Oregon