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Oregon increasingly reliant on newcomers for population growth

December 19, 2017View for printing

The last time Oregon saw more people leaving than moving into the state was the 1980s, during a decline in the timber industry.

"People actually packed up and left," said Josh Lehner, economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. In 1982 and 1983, so many people left, the population declined. People continued to move away through 1986, but the birth rate made up for those losses.

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