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Oregon population growing in urban counties

 Posted: 6:50 AM March 14, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. — Census Bureau figures show Oregon's population is mostly growing in the Portland area and declining in rural eastern Oregon.

Annual estimates put the population of the Portland metro area at 2,290,000 in July 2012. That's in a statewide population of 3,899,000.

The Oregonian reports the population of the metro area increased 2.9 percent since the 2010 census. Statewide population is up 1.8 percent.

The largest population gains were in Washington, Multnomah, Deschutes, Wasco and Clackamas counties.

The biggest population losses were Curry, Grant, Lake, Harney and Wallowa counties.

About 60 percent of the state's population gain was due to migration and 40 percent due to more births than deaths.

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