Jackson County rises slightly in Census count

Jackson County's population has bumped up only slightly since 2010, but it still managed to rank sixth in the rate for population growth among Oregon counties, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

From 2010 to 2012, the population of Jackson County increased by 3,206, or 1.6 percent, to 206,413. Just under half of that growth occurred in Medford.

Josephine County's population increased by only 217 during the same period, nudging up to 82,930. The county's growth rate of two-tenths of a percent ranked 12th among Oregon counties.

The Census Bureau this week released its latest estimates of population growth, which are used for, among other things, determining funding from federal programs.

The county with the largest increase in the state — Multnomah — added 23,922 people, up 3.3 percent from 735,334 in 2010 to 759,256 in 2012.

The slowest-growing county was Wheeler in northeastern Oregon; its population dropped by 17 to 1,424, a 1.2 percent reduction.

Medford ranked 364 in population growth among the 729 cities in the U.S. that have populations of more than 50,000. The city added 1,555 people, a 2.1-percent increase putting Medford at 76,462.

Medford grew more percentage-wise than its neighbor to the north, Eugene, which ranked 532, picking up only 1,644 people, or 1 percent, and bringing its population to 157,986.

Bend, which has been one of the fastest-growing areas in the state in recent years, ranked 191 nationally with a 3.2-percent growth rate. The city gained 2,470 new residents, putting it at a population of 79,109.

Portland grew by 3.3 percent, attracting 19,328 new residents and bringing the population to 603,106.

Nearby Beaverton also pulled a 3.3-percent growth rate with 2,923 new residents, bringing the total to 92,680.

Hillsboro saw the highest growth rate of any city in Oregon at 3.5 percent. The city added 3,222 residents, bringing its population to 95,327.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com.

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