Fastest Growing Cities In Oregon For 2020


We used data and science to determine the places in Oregon everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the 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 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Oregon for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Happy Valley ranks as the fastest growing city in Oregon. 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.

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.

For more Oregon state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Oregon For 2020

Happy Valley, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,471
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 12,583
Percent Growth 54.7%
Absolute Growth: 6,888
More on Happy Valley: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Happy Valley is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,903 at the 2010 census.

Wilsonville, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,418
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 18,900
Percent Growth 23.9%
Absolute Growth: 4,518
More on Wilsonville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Sandy, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,834
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,860
Percent Growth 22.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,974
More on Sandy: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Sandy is a city located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, and named after the nearby Sandy River. The city serves as the western gateway to the Mount Hood Corridor, 25 miles east of Portland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 9,570.

Bend, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 90,500
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 74,327
Percent Growth 21.8%
Absolute Growth: 16,173
More on Bend: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Hillsboro, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 104,730
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 88,125
Percent Growth 18.8%
Absolute Growth: 16,605
More on Hillsboro: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hillsboro 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.

Molalla, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,082
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,695
Percent Growth 18.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,387
More on Molalla: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Molalla is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 8,108 at the 2010 census.

Redmond, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 29,234
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 24,957
Percent Growth 17.1%
Absolute Growth: 4,277
More on Redmond: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 8percent each year.

Independence, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,556
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Population 2010: 8,215
Percent Growth 16.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,341
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Independence is a city in Polk County, Oregon, United States, on the west bank of the Willamette River along Oregon Route 51, and east of nearby Monmouth. It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thirty square blocks of the oldest part of Independence form the National Register of Historic Places-listed Independence Historic District.

Oregon City, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 36,040
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 30,983
Percent Growth 16.3%
Absolute Growth: 5,057
More on Oregon City: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Forest Grove, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,923
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 20,635
Percent Growth 15.9%
Absolute Growth: 3,288
More on Forest Grove: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Forest Grove is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States, 25 miles 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.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Beaver State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Oregon, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Ontario
  2. North Bend
  3. Baker City

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Oregon For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Happy Valley 54.7% 19,471 12,583
2 Wilsonville 23.9% 23,418 18,900
3 Sandy 22.3% 10,834 8,860
4 Bend 21.8% 90,500 74,327
5 Hillsboro 18.8% 104,730 88,125
6 Molalla 18.0% 9,082 7,695
7 Redmond 17.1% 29,234 24,957
8 Independence 16.3% 9,556 8,215
9 Oregon City 16.3% 36,040 30,983
10 Forest Grove 15.9% 23,923 20,635

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