Lincoln County picked up 265 new residents over the past year, according to data just released from Portland State University researchers. Lincoln County’s total population is now pegged at 46,560 residents, up 265 for a .6% jump in population.
Around Lincoln County, the rankings didn’t change much. Newport kept the number one slot with 10,160, picking up just ten new residents over the last year. Number 2 Lincoln City picked up 55 new residents pushing their population up over the 8,000 mark at 8,020. Toledo picked up five new residents putting them at 3,470. Waldport grew by 10, now at 2,050. Yachats also picked up ten to tally up 715 residents. Depoe Bay picked up just five residents over the past year, their population now estimated to be 1,405.
On the coast, Lincoln County’s growth rate was by far the fastest among the coastal counties at .6%, followed by Tillamook at .3%, Clatsop (Astoria) .2%, with Curry, Coos and Lane (Florence area) all showing very little population change – basically flat.
Looking around the region, Benton County picked up a 1.1% increase, Marion .7%, Polk .6%, Tillamook .3%, Coos was flat – no change.
The biggest gainers were Washington County with 1.5% with 8,145 new residents, Multnomah County (Portland) grew by 1.1% with 8,085 newcomers, Marion County gained .7%, 2,385, and an identical gain for Deschutes County (Bend) with 2,385, a 1.5% increase. Lane County grew by 1,925 for a .5% growth rate over the past year. An interesting race is between Salem vs. Eugene. Eugene’s lead over Salem is now just 1,810. Last year Salem picked up 70 more residents than Eugene so the current decade will definitely determine if we get a new second place most populated city. Number four currently is the City of Gresham at 106,180 which looks to be a slow growing town, picking up just 110 new residents over the last year.