These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Oregon For 2018


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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 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:

  1. Happy Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Sandy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Wilsonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Molalla (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. The Dalles (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Hillsboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bend (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Oregon City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Forest Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Oregon or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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 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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Oregon with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in oregon

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1. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Oregon

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.

2. Sandy

Sandy, Oregon

Population: 10,369
Population 2010: 8,860
Growth Rate: 17.03%
Absolute Growth: 1,509
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3. Wilsonville

Wilsonville, Oregon

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.

4. Molalla

Molalla, Oregon

Population: 8,867
Population 2010: 7,695
Growth Rate: 15.23%
Absolute Growth: 1,172
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Molalla /mll/ is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 8,108 at the 2010 census.

5. The Dalles

The Dalles, Oregon

Population: 15,276
Population 2010: 13,275
Growth Rate: 15.07%
Absolute Growth: 2,001
More on The Dalles: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Oregon

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.

7. Bend

Bend, Oregon

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

Oregon City, Oregon

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,057
Population 2010: 30,983
Growth Rate: 13.15%
Absolute Growth: 4,074
More on Oregon City: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Forest Grove, Oregon

Source: Public domain

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).

10. Redmond

Redmond, Oregon

Population: 27,998
Population 2010: 24,957
Growth Rate: 12.18%
Absolute Growth: 3,041
More on Redmond: Homes For Sale | Data
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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Oregon

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Happy Valley 1 17,474 12,583 4,891 38.9%
Sandy 2 10,369 8,860 1,509 17.0%
Wilsonville 3 21,814 18,900 2,914 15.4%
Molalla 4 8,867 7,695 1,172 15.2%
The Dalles 5 15,276 13,275 2,001 15.1%
Hillsboro 6 100,462 88,125 12,337 14.0%
Bend 7 84,416 74,327 10,089 13.6%
Oregon City 8 35,057 30,983 4,074 13.1%
Forest Grove 9 23,214 20,635 2,579 12.5%
Redmond 10 27,998 24,957 3,041 12.2%
Canby 11 17,218 15,388 1,830 11.9%
Eagle Point 12 8,790 7,869 921 11.7%
Sherwood 13 18,965 17,117 1,848 10.8%
Portland 14 620,589 566,686 53,903 9.5%
Independence 15 8,982 8,215 767 9.3%
Hood River 16 7,476 6,878 598 8.7%
Warrenton 17 5,260 4,844 416 8.6%
Grants Pass 18 36,776 33,883 2,893 8.5%
Gresham 19 110,042 101,450 8,592 8.5%
Fairview 20 9,215 8,504 711 8.4%
Central Point 21 17,793 16,458 1,335 8.1%
Scappoose 22 6,901 6,387 514 8.0%
Creswell 23 5,154 4,777 377 7.9%
Mcminnville 24 33,724 31,260 2,464 7.9%
Madras 25 6,504 6,034 470 7.8%
Beaverton 26 94,865 88,035 6,830 7.8%
Troutdale 27 16,535 15,347 1,188 7.7%
Tigard 28 50,787 47,244 3,543 7.5%
Lebanon 29 16,162 15,072 1,090 7.2%
Silverton 30 9,585 8,940 645 7.2%
Lincoln City 31 8,452 7,889 563 7.1%
Hermiston 32 17,150 16,016 1,134 7.1%
Junction City 33 5,735 5,358 377 7.0%
Albany 34 51,919 48,560 3,359 6.9%
Monmouth 35 9,919 9,283 636 6.9%
Medford 36 78,856 73,821 5,035 6.8%
Salem 37 161,975 151,809 10,166 6.7%
Woodburn 38 24,765 23,247 1,518 6.5%
West Linn 39 26,242 24,657 1,585 6.4%
Cornelius 40 12,241 11,512 729 6.3%
Newberg 41 22,749 21,422 1,327 6.2%
Dallas 42 15,175 14,348 827 5.8%
Tualatin 43 27,024 25,590 1,434 5.6%
Damascus 44 10,842 10,280 562 5.5%
Eugene 45 161,649 153,288 8,361 5.5%
Umatilla 46 6,986 6,630 356 5.4%
Roseburg 47 22,201 21,094 1,107 5.2%
Stayton 48 7,875 7,495 380 5.1%
St. Helens 49 13,169 12,544 625 5.0%
Keizer 50 37,497 35,729 1,768 4.9%
Talent 51 6,323 6,033 290 4.8%
Sweet Home 52 9,171 8,769 402 4.6%
Ashland 53 21,002 20,103 899 4.5%
Corvallis 54 55,766 53,435 2,331 4.4%
Cottage Grove 55 9,889 9,493 396 4.2%
Lake Oswego 56 38,065 36,586 1,479 4.0%
Florence 57 8,597 8,264 333 4.0%
Springfield 58 60,611 58,409 2,202 3.8%
Tillamook 59 5,063 4,897 166 3.4%
Sutherlin 60 7,883 7,668 215 2.8%
Gladstone 61 11,850 11,531 319 2.8%
Klamath Falls 62 21,322 20,869 453 2.2%
Sheridan 63 6,054 5,930 124 2.1%
Seaside 64 6,514 6,385 129 2.0%
Milton-Freewater 65 7,059 6,921 138 2.0%
Newport 66 10,139 9,941 198 2.0%
Brookings 67 6,390 6,274 116 1.8%
La Grande 68 13,079 12,882 197 1.5%
Pendleton 69 16,861 16,651 210 1.3%
Milwaukie 70 20,643 20,393 250 1.2%
Coos Bay 71 16,129 15,944 185 1.2%
Winston 72 5,364 5,311 53 1.0%
Astoria 73 9,595 9,560 35 0.4%
Baker City 74 9,757 9,788 -31 -0.3%
Prineville 75 9,419 9,450 -31 -0.3%
North Bend 76 9,635 9,710 -75 -0.8%
Ontario 77 11,045 11,308 -263 -2.3%

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