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Population Research Center Names Interim Director
Author: David Santen (503-725-8789) Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: December 7, 2005

George Hough, Jr., research associate professor of Urban Studies and Planning, has been named interim director of Portland State University’s Population Research Center (PRC), a position he has held previously. The announcement follows the resignation of Barry Edmonston, PRC director since 1997, effective January 3, 2006.

“Dr. Edmonston has provided important service to the state of Oregon though his work with the Center, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors,” said Ethan Seltzer, director of the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning which houses the Population Research Center. “Dr. Hough’s expertise is providing clients with the best available data to make informed decisions. He has over 25 years of experience examining data ranging from the federal statistical system to local tribal registries.”

Hough’s recent work has focused on evaluating the American Community Survey as a replacement to the U.S. Census decennial long form. He is also working on developing training materials to assist local communities in utilizing the American Community Survey data.

The Population Research Center was initiated in 1956 by the state of Oregon with the purpose to prepare annual population estimates for cities and counties in order to distribute state tax revenues. The original program was transferred in 1965 to Portland State University, where it has taken on additional duties including the Oregon State Data Center, the lead agency in the state for relationships with the U.S. Census Bureau. It is one of 12 research and service centers located in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State.

“Our School of Urban Studies and Planning is one of the best in the country, and the Population Research Center is a critical component of that excellence,” said Lawrence Wallack, dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs. “We thank Dr. Edmonston for his contributions, and now look forward to continuing the Center’s work that is of such great value to the state.”

For more information on the Population Research Center at Portland State University, including the preliminary 2005 population estimates for Oregon cities and counties, visit

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Lawrence Wallack (503-725-4043)
College of Urban and Public Affairs

For Immediate Release (#05-168)