Oregon Population 2016

The far north western state of Oregon is the 9th largest in the whole of the US in terms of land area, but it has a relatively sparsely spread population by comparison. Geography plays a huge part – mountain ranges and vast forest areas are just two of the geographical features that have an impact on population density in Oregon.

So, how does the overall population of Oregon look in 2013? It's estimated that Oregon's population has now reached 3,933,947, up from 3.83 at the 2010 Census. Oregon currently has a growth rate of 0.89%, which ranks 22nd in the country.

Oregon Population 2014

To attempt to establish the Oregon population in 2013, you have to go back to the last official US Census which was carried out in 2010. At that stage, it was confirmed that the Beaver State was home to 3,831,074 residents. That’s a sizeable 12% rise on the numbers declared ten years earlier.

Oregon's 2013 population is estimated to have grown to 3,933,947, making Oregon the 27th most populous state in the country. It won't be long before the state's population tops 4 million for the first time.

Oregon is the 9th largest state in America with a total surface area of 98,381 square miles (or 255,026 square kilometers). However, parts of this vast landscape are dominated by geographical features that are unsuitable for major settlement and as a result, there is an average of just 40.3 people living in every square mile of Oregon territory. This makes Oregon only the 39th most densely populated state in the country.

Much of Oregon's population is concentrated in the Willamette Valley from Eugene to the south through Corvallis, Salem and Portland, the largest city. Portland is home to 583,000, which other major cities including Eugene (156,000), Salem (154,000), Gresham (105,500) and Hillsboro (91,600).

Oregon Demographics

According to the 2010 Census, the racial composition of Oregon was as follows:

  • 78.5% non-Hispanic White
  • 1.7% Black or African American alone
  • 1.1% American Indian or Alaska Native alone
  • 3.6% Asian alone
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
  • 0.1% other
  • 2.9% Multiracial
  • 11.7% Hispanic or Latino of any race

The largest ancestry groups in Oregon include: German (22.5%), English (14.0%), Irish (13.2%), Scandinavian (8.4%), American (5.0%), French (3.9%), Italian (3.7%) and Scottish (3.6%). Portland is Oregon's most diverse area, while there are high concentrations of Mexican-Americans in Jefferson and Malheur counties.

Oregon Population History

Early recorded figures show that in 1850, Oregon had a reasonably healthy population of 12,093. Those numbers were to increase by over 300% over the next ten years however and in 1860, the Oregon population was recorded at 52,465.

That was the largest rise on a decade by decade basis but the overall trend for the rest of the century was one of sustained growth and by 1900, the population of Oregon was confirmed at 413,536.

Unlike other parts of the United States, that growth did not slow down for the first half of the 20th century and by 1950, numbers had increased to 1,521,341. Further healthy growth has seen the population more than double over the past sixty years, and taken us to the present day where the population of Oregon in 2013 is passing 3.9 million.

Oregon Population Projections

There is nothing to presently suggest that population growth in Oregon is set to slow down in the near future. By the time of the 2020 Census, it's estimated that the population will finally reach 4 million. By 2030, estimates show the population will reach 4.8 million, an increase of over 41% from the 2000 population, while Oregon will reach 5.42 residents by 2040.

Population Data via US Census