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Population Research Center
The Population Research Center (PRC) is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and training unit for population-related data and research for the State of Oregon. The mission of PRC is to provide population data, information, and research analysis for Oregon and its communities. Center staff engage in a variety of demographic activities, including the Oregon State Data Center, the Oregon Population Estimates Program, and a variety of commissioned population projects. PRC staff also teach in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, supporting a graduate concentration in applied demography and a graduate certificate program in applied demography.

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New at PRC

Census Bureau Economic Data Workshops

Census Bureau staff explained economic programs and demonstrated data tools at workshops in Salem and Portland on September 16th and 17th, 2014.  Workshop materials can be found here.

2013 Annual Population Report Tables (April 15, 2014)

Click here to go the annual report page.


American Community Survey mapped

Make new discoveries about your neighborhood through the power of American Community Survey statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s new mapping tool, Census Explorer.

Choose from eight different topics, including median household income, labor force participation and percent of the population 65 and older and explore these statistics for states, counties and census tracts.

Census Explorer includes not only the latest American Community Survey five-year statistics (2008-2012) but also information from the 1990 and 2000 censuses, so you can see how your community has changed over the past two decades.


How we grow: see the new annual population tables for 2012!


“Is Portland really where young people go to retire?"

 --Richard Florida, The Atlantic Cities, Sept. 25, 2012  (read more here)
A blog post about recent studies by Jason Jurjevich & Greg Schrock, addressing the influx of young and educated people to the Portland metro region. The papers are available at the Metropolitan Knowledge Network.


From the Population Estimates Program:

  • New! September 30, 2012 Annexation Report (supplement 4 to the 2011 Annual Population Report, .pdf file)
  • New! 2012 Certified Population Estimates: Click here.


Map of Portland neighborhoods and 2010 census tracts

Click here for information about how the Center uses GIS in demographic studies

Click the map to view full size.