County population rises 1% in year

Jackson is one of seven counties with the most population growth

Jackson County recorded a population growth of just under 1 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to figures released Tuesday by Portland State University's Population Research Center.

Population for the county hit 206,310, up from the 2012 count of 204,630. Population in Josephine County stayed essentially flat at 82,815, up from 82,775 the previous year.

Population in Jackson County and Josephine County

2013 2012 % change

Ashland 20,295 20,325 -.15

Butte Falls 430 425 +1.18

Cave Junction 1,905 1,900 +.26

Central Point 17,315 17,275 +.23

Eagle Point 8,575 8,550 +.29

Gold Hill 1,220 1,220 0

Grants Pass 34,855 34,740 .33

Jacksonville 2,840 2,815 +.89

Medford 76,295 75,920 +.49

Phoenix 4,570 4,570 0

Rogue River 2,145 2,145 0

Shady Cove 2,920 2,920 0

Talent 6,170 6,115 +.90

Jackson County 206,310 204,630 +.82

Medford showed the greatest growth in the region, increasing by 375 people to a total of 75,920. The county's second-largest incorporated area, Ashland, was the only city in the two counties to lose population, dropping slightly, from 20,325 to 20,295.

The population center estimates Oregon's population increased by more than 35,000, or about 1 percent, in the past year, to 3.9 million. Most of the population growth occurred in seven counties: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Deschutes, Lane and Jackson.


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