These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Oregon


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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 Eugene, while others want peace and quiet like in Creswell and Warrenton, 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:

  1. Happy Valley
  2. The Dalles
  3. Sandy
  4. Canby
  5. Eagle Point
  6. Oregon City
  7. Sherwood
  8. Hillsboro
  9. Redmond
  10. Wilsonville

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–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.

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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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 76 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,693
Population 2010: 12,583
Growth Rate: 24.72%
Absolute Growth: 3,110

2. The Dalles

The Dalles, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,068
Population 2010: 13,275
Growth Rate: 13.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,793

3. Sandy

Sandy, Oregon

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,945
Population 2010: 8,860
Growth Rate: 12.25%
Absolute Growth: 1,085

4. Canby

Canby, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,821
Population 2010: 15,388
Growth Rate: 9.31%
Absolute Growth: 1,433

5. Eagle Point

Eagle Point, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,599
Population 2010: 7,869
Growth Rate: 9.28%
Absolute Growth: 730

6. Oregon City

Oregon City, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,834
Population 2010: 30,983
Growth Rate: 9.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,851

7. Sherwood

Sherwood, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,687
Population 2010: 17,117
Growth Rate: 9.17%
Absolute Growth: 1,570

8. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 95,765
Population 2010: 88,125
Growth Rate: 8.67%
Absolute Growth: 7,640

9. Redmond

Redmond, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,002
Population 2010: 24,957
Growth Rate: 8.19%
Absolute Growth: 2,045

10. Wilsonville

Wilsonville, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,335
Population 2010: 18,900
Growth Rate: 7.59%
Absolute Growth: 1,435

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Oregon are led by Happy Valley which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Oregon

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Happy Valley 1 15,693 12,583 3,110 24.7%
The Dalles 2 15,068 13,275 1,793 13.5%
Sandy 3 9,945 8,860 1,085 12.2%
Canby 4 16,821 15,388 1,433 9.3%
Eagle Point 5 8,599 7,869 730 9.3%
Oregon City 6 33,834 30,983 2,851 9.2%
Sherwood 7 18,687 17,117 1,570 9.2%
Hillsboro 8 95,765 88,125 7,640 8.7%
Redmond 9 27,002 24,957 2,045 8.2%
Wilsonville 10 20,335 18,900 1,435 7.6%
Bend 11 79,698 74,327 5,371 7.2%
Molalla 12 8,247 7,695 552 7.2%
Forest Grove 13 22,070 20,635 1,435 7.0%
Fairview 14 9,094 8,504 590 6.9%
Gresham 15 108,250 101,450 6,800 6.7%
Troutdale 16 16,339 15,347 992 6.5%
Madras 17 6,419 6,034 385 6.4%
Hermiston 18 17,031 16,016 1,015 6.3%
Portland 19 602,568 566,686 35,882 6.3%
Hood River 20 7,311 6,878 433 6.3%
Scappoose 21 6,778 6,387 391 6.1%
Creswell 22 5,065 4,777 288 6.0%
Central Point 23 17,443 16,458 985 6.0%
Umatilla 24 6,998 6,630 368 5.6%
Albany 25 51,210 48,560 2,650 5.5%
Independence 26 8,654 8,215 439 5.3%
Monmouth 27 9,769 9,283 486 5.2%
Beaverton 28 92,593 88,035 4,558 5.2%
Warrenton 29 5,089 4,844 245 5.1%
Tigard 30 49,633 47,244 2,389 5.1%
Mcminnville 31 32,839 31,260 1,579 5.1%
Cornelius 32 12,068 11,512 556 4.8%
Newberg 33 22,451 21,422 1,029 4.8%
Lebanon 34 15,761 15,072 689 4.6%
Silverton 35 9,342 8,940 402 4.5%
Woodburn 36 24,282 23,247 1,035 4.5%
West Linn 37 25,710 24,657 1,053 4.3%
Damascus 38 10,711 10,280 431 4.2%
Salem 39 157,967 151,809 6,158 4.1%
Tualatin 40 26,604 25,590 1,014 4.0%
Junction City 41 5,566 5,358 208 3.9%
Medford 42 76,648 73,821 2,827 3.8%
St. Helens 43 13,017 12,544 473 3.8%
Roseburg 44 21,858 21,094 764 3.6%
Keizer 45 36,875 35,729 1,146 3.2%
Eugene 46 158,131 153,288 4,843 3.2%
Sweet Home 47 9,042 8,769 273 3.1%
Dallas 48 14,788 14,348 440 3.1%
Grants Pass 49 34,916 33,883 1,033 3.0%
Stayton 50 7,719 7,495 224 3.0%
Cottage Grove 51 9,772 9,493 279 2.9%
Florence 52 8,498 8,264 234 2.8%
Sheridan 53 6,081 5,930 151 2.5%
Springfield 54 59,882 58,409 1,473 2.5%
Milton-Freewater 55 7,094 6,921 173 2.5%
Corvallis 56 54,735 53,435 1,300 2.4%
Talent 57 6,164 6,033 131 2.2%
Lake Oswego 58 37,310 36,586 724 2.0%
La Grande 59 13,090 12,882 208 1.6%
Ashland 60 20,412 20,103 309 1.5%
Seaside 61 6,481 6,385 96 1.5%
Klamath Falls 62 21,165 20,869 296 1.4%
Sutherlin 63 7,776 7,668 108 1.4%
Brookings 64 6,350 6,274 76 1.2%
Gladstone 65 11,668 11,531 137 1.2%
Lincoln City 66 7,977 7,889 88 1.1%
Pendleton 67 16,830 16,651 179 1.1%
Newport 68 10,045 9,941 104 1.0%
Winston 69 5,356 5,311 45 0.8%
Coos Bay 70 16,022 15,944 78 0.5%
Milwaukie 71 20,449 20,393 56 0.3%
Baker City 72 9,774 9,788 -14 -0.1%
Astoria 73 9,503 9,560 -57 -0.6%
North Bend 74 9,591 9,710 -119 -1.2%
Ontario 75 11,148 11,308 -160 -1.4%
Prineville 76 9,184 9,450 -266 -2.8%

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