Hermiston Population Passes 17,000

Release Date: 
12/17/2013

Certified population estimates released this week from Portland State University show Hermiston’s population stood at 17,240 as of July 1, 2013.  The number, which is an increase of 245 residents, indicates that Hermiston’s continued population growth picked up steam since the 2012 estimate by nearly doubling the year over year increase.

The latest estimate makes Hermiston the only city in eastern Oregon with more than 17,000 residents and continues the area’s long-term growth trend.  Hermiston has added more than 4,800 residents since the year 2000, which equates to a 27.9% growth in just 13 years.

“The City of Hermiston has always placed a priority on growth and economic development,” said Clint Spencer, City Planner.  “These strong numbers show that employers and residents continue to find Hermiston an excellent place to grow and live.”

Hermiston’s 1.42% increase over the year out-paced the 0.99% overall growth in the Umatilla County population according to PSU.  Hermiston accounted for 31.6% of county-wide growth to bring Umatilla County’s population to 77,895.

Portland State University’s Population Research Center’s estimates are based on the most recent Census and represent Oregon’s July 1 populations each year during the decade until the next decennial Census.  These estimates are for populations of the State and its counties and cities.  PRC Estimates are the official population numbers for Oregon and are used to disburse state revenues to Oregon counties and cities.  The estimates are certified yearly on December 15.

Official PSU Statewide Estimates HERE.

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