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

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

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

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.

Overall, 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.

Area city populations

City 2013 2012

Ashland 20,295 20,325

Butte Falls 430 425

Cave Junction 1,905 1,900

Central Point 17,315 17,275

Eagle Point 8,575 8,550

Gold Hill 1,220 1,220

Grants Pass 34,855 34,740

Jacksonville 2,840 2,815

Phoenix 4,570 4,570

Rogue River 2,145 2,145

Shady Cove 2,920 2,920

Talent 6,170 6,115