These Are The 10 Oregon Cities With The Largest Latino Population For 2019


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in Oregon that have the largest Hispanic/Latino population in 2019

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Oregon with the largest Hispanic/Latino population.

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The Latino and Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.

That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.

But how has the increase impacted Oregon? Where cities and towns in Oregon have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?

Turns out there’s been a 17.8% increase in the Hispanic population in Oregon.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Oregon with the largest Hispanic population in 2019:

  1. Woodburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cornelius (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Milton-Freewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Umatilla (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Ontario (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Madras (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Hermiston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Independence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Hood River (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Forest Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Woodburn took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Oregon for 2019.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Oregon ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Hispanic, check out the best places to live in Oregon or the most diverse places in Oregon.

How We Determined The Cities In Oregon With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2019

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Oregon.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 74 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 56.3% to 2.1%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic or Latino population with a higher score being more Hispanic or Latino than a lower score. Woodburn took the distinction of being the most Hispanic or Latino, while Florence was the least Hispanic or Latino city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Oregon ranked by population of Hispanic or Latino residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Woodburn, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 25,067
% Hispanic/Latino: 56.28%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 14,107
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.65%
More on Woodburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodburn is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. Incorporated in 1889, the community had been platted in 1871 after the arrival of the railroad. The city is located in the northern end of the Willamette Valley between Portland and Salem. Interstate 5 connects it to major cities to the north and south. Oregon routes 211, 214, 219, and 99E also serve the city, as do Union Pacific and Willamette Valley Railway freight rail lines.

Cornelius, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,423
% Hispanic/Latino: 52.51%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 6,523
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.49%
More on Cornelius: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cornelius is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. Located in the Portland metropolitan area, the city’s population was 11,869 at the 2010 census. The city lies along Tualatin Valley Highway between Forest Grove to the west and Hillsboro to the east. Cornelius was incorporated in 1893 and is named for founder Thomas R. Cornelius.

Milton-Freewater, OR

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Population: 7,051
% Hispanic/Latino: 49.28%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,475
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.08%
More on Milton-Freewater: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milton-Freewater is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. The city received its current name in 1951 when the neighboring rival cities of Milton and Freewater voted to merge. The population was 7,050 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Pendleton-Hermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area. Milton-Freewater is home to a growing wine industry.

Umatilla, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,069
% Hispanic/Latino: 45.17%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,193
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.93%
More on Umatilla: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Umatilla is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. It is named for the Umatilla River, which enters the Columbia River on the side of the city. The river is named after the Umatilla Tribe. The city is on the south side of the Columbia River along U.S. Route 730 and I-82.

Ontario, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 10,972
% Hispanic/Latino: 42.8%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,696
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.87%
More on Ontario: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ontario is the largest city in Malheur County, Oregon, United States. It lies along the Snake River at the Idaho border. The population was 11,366 at the 2010 census. The city is the largest community in the region of far eastern Oregon, also known as the Western Treasure Valley.

Madras, OR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,552
% Hispanic/Latino: 39.71%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,602
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.69%
More on Madras: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Madras is a city in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States. Originally called “The Basin” after the circular valley the city is in, it is unclear whether Madras was named in 1903 for the cotton fabric called “Madras” that originated in the city of Madras in Tamil Nadu, India, or from the name of the city itself. The population was 6,046 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jefferson County.

Hermiston, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 17,241
% Hispanic/Latino: 36.74%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 6,335
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.52%
More on Hermiston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hermiston is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. The population of 17,985 makes it the largest city in Eastern Oregon. Hermiston is the largest, and fastest-growing, city in the Hermiston-Pendleton Micropolitan Statistical Area, the eighth largest Core Based Statistical Area in Oregon with a combined population of 87,062 at the 2010 census. Hermiston sits near the junction of I-82 and I-84, & is 7 miles south of the Columbia River, Lake Wallula, and the McNary Dam. The Hermiston area has become a transportation and logistics hub due to the proximity of the I-82 and I-84 interchange, and central location between the major Pacific Northwest metropolitan areas. The city is also known for its watermelons, which are part of its branding.

Independence, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 9,246
% Hispanic/Latino: 32.77%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,030
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.23%
More on Independence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Hood River, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 7,526
% Hispanic/Latino: 28.06%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,112
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.88%
More on Hood River: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. It is a port on the Columbia River, and is named for the nearby Hood River. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,167.

Forest Grove, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,554
% Hispanic/Latino: 23.29%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 5,485
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.15%
More on Forest Grove: Real Estate | 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.

There You Have It – Hispanic or Latino Populations Across Oregon

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Latino populations across Oregon according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic or Latino places in Oregon:

  1. Florence
  2. Scappoose
  3. Sweet Home

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Oregon

Rank City % Hispanic Population
1 Woodburn 56.28% 25,067
2 Cornelius 52.51% 12,423
3 Milton-Freewater 49.28% 7,051
4 Umatilla 45.17% 7,069
5 Ontario 42.8% 10,972
6 Madras 39.71% 6,552
7 Hermiston 36.74% 17,241
8 Independence 32.77% 9,246
9 Hood River 28.06% 7,526
10 Forest Grove 23.29% 23,554
11 Hillsboro 23.18% 102,396
12 Salem 22.4% 163,654
13 Mcminnville 21.7% 33,211
14 Stayton 21.02% 7,927
15 Keizer 20.33% 37,910
16 Gresham 19.58% 110,336
17 The Dalles 17.84% 15,224
18 Canby 17.48% 17,337
19 Newport 16.61% 10,274
20 Tualatin 16.49% 27,135
21 Beaverton 16.36% 95,710
22 Monmouth 15.91% 9,983
23 Medford 15.9% 79,246
24 Molalla 15.56% 8,987
25 Gladstone 14.59% 11,936
26 Newberg 14.47% 22,898
27 Fairview 14.05% 9,261
28 Troutdale 13.75% 16,557
29 Sheridan 13.57% 6,049
30 Klamath Falls 13.21% 21,113
31 Junction City 13.15% 5,819
32 Wilsonville 13.09% 22,789
33 Redmond 12.84% 28,492
34 Lincoln City 12.74% 8,541
35 Albany 12.11% 52,007
36 Springfield 12.01% 60,823
37 Central Point 11.65% 17,760
38 Talent 11.59% 6,349
39 Prineville 11.4% 9,515
40 Tigard 11.23% 51,355
41 Silverton 10.19% 9,757
42 Sandy 10.1% 10,581
43 Pendleton 10.02% 16,709
44 North Bend 9.73% 9,566
45 Portland 9.71% 630,331
46 Cottage Grove 9.65% 9,930
47 Eagle Point 9.58% 8,858
48 Eugene 9.53% 163,135
49 Winston 9.52% 5,365
50 Grants Pass 9.46% 36,687
51 Bend 9.06% 87,167
52 Coos Bay 9.04% 16,070
53 Astoria 8.89% 9,632
54 Milwaukie 8.62% 20,627
55 Seaside 8.41% 6,542
56 Brookings 7.93% 6,366
57 Corvallis 7.85% 56,224
58 St. Helens 7.44% 13,254
59 Lebanon 6.83% 16,336
60 Sherwood 6.74% 19,107
61 Oregon City 6.68% 35,483
62 Roseburg 6.57% 22,013
63 Happy Valley 6.52% 18,477
64 Damascus 6.37% 10,909
65 Ashland 5.69% 20,733
66 West Linn 5.04% 26,307
67 Lake Oswego 4.72% 38,212
68 Dallas 4.7% 15,413
69 Sutherlin 4.18% 7,887
70 La Grande 4.17% 12,999
71 Baker City 3.89% 9,741
72 Sweet Home 3.79% 9,289
73 Scappoose 3.37% 6,975
74 Florence 2.13% 8,678

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