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:
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.
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]
1. Happy Valley
Population: 15,693 Population 2010: 12,583
Growth Rate: 24.72%
Absolute Growth: 3,110
2. The Dalles
Population: 15,068 Population 2010: 13,275
Growth Rate: 13.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,793
Population: 9,945 Population 2010: 8,860
Growth Rate: 12.25%
Absolute Growth: 1,085
Population: 16,821 Population 2010: 15,388
Growth Rate: 9.31%
Absolute Growth: 1,433
5. Eagle Point
Population: 8,599 Population 2010: 7,869
Growth Rate: 9.28%
Absolute Growth: 730
6. Oregon City
Population: 33,834 Population 2010: 30,983
Growth Rate: 9.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,851
Population: 18,687 Population 2010: 17,117
Growth Rate: 9.17%
Absolute Growth: 1,570
Population: 95,765 Population 2010: 88,125
Growth Rate: 8.67%
Absolute Growth: 7,640
Population: 27,002 Population 2010: 24,957
Growth Rate: 8.19%
Absolute Growth: 2,045
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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