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)
- Sandy (Photos)
- Wilsonville (Photos)
- Molalla (Photos)
- The Dalles (Photos)
- Hillsboro (Photos)
- Bend (Photos)
- Oregon City (Photos)
- Forest Grove (Photos)
- Redmond (Photos)
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.
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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]
1. Happy Valley
Population: 17,474 Population 2010: 12,583
Growth Rate: 38.87%
Absolute Growth: 4,891
Population: 10,369 Population 2010: 8,860
Growth Rate: 17.03%
Absolute Growth: 1,509
Population: 21,814 Population 2010: 18,900
Growth Rate: 15.42%
Absolute Growth: 2,914
Population: 8,867 Population 2010: 7,695
Growth Rate: 15.23%
Absolute Growth: 1,172
5. The Dalles
Population: 15,276 Population 2010: 13,275
Growth Rate: 15.07%
Absolute Growth: 2,001
Population: 100,462 Population 2010: 88,125
Growth Rate: 14.0%
Absolute Growth: 12,337
Population: 84,416 Population 2010: 74,327
Growth Rate: 13.57%
Absolute Growth: 10,089
8. Oregon City
Population: 35,057 Population 2010: 30,983
Growth Rate: 13.15%
Absolute Growth: 4,074
9. Forest Grove
Population: 23,214 Population 2010: 20,635
Growth Rate: 12.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,579
Population: 27,998 Population 2010: 24,957
Growth Rate: 12.18%
Absolute Growth: 3,041
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