Oregon’s population has increased by 43,545, over the past year, and 74 percent of the increase is due to migration.

According to new population estimates, conducted by Portland State University’s Population Research Center, the population rises as the economy improves.

Migration had the largest impact on population increase, while 26 percent of the increase was due to natural increase — the number of births minus the number of deaths.

Over half of the growth occurred in the Portland area. Portland alone increased by 9,390 since last year, while Bend, Salem, Beaverton, Eugene and Corvallis each grew by 1,000.

The center’s program manager, Risa Proehl, said the migration increase is creating new employment opportunities in the state and leaving people in other states the opportunity to take advantage of them.

“Even during the Great Recession, Oregon still saw net in-migration,” she said. “It’s been a trait for Oregon that as our economy improves, our net in-migration increases, so the situation isn’t new.”

The center’s estimates are, in part, used to determine how state revenue should be disbursed. According to The Oregonian, the population growth is predicted to influence the economy, including potential effects on the labor pool and the housing supply.

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