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Study: Out-of-state migration to Oregon boosting population

Oregon has historically seen more out of stators move to the state then were actually born.

Posted: Nov 19, 2019 6:41 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Researchers at Portland State University released a study on Friday showing an increase in Oregon's population, largely due to people moving from out of state.

According to the study, so far this year, the state's population has gone up 41,000, with 36,000 people moving to Oregon.

Starting with the Oregon Trail, the state has historically seen people move to Oregon from around the country. Researchers said native Oregonians have always been the minority and their data shows right now, one in seven Oregonians was born in California.

Trevor Ackerman moved to Eugene from Florida for graduate school at the University of Oregon, but he said he chose Oregon for its nature.

"I love hiking, trees and all of the waterfalls and the moss. That's really the reason why I'm here, but to also go to school as well," Ackerman said.

However, according to Realtor Ben Fogelson, the migration of people to Oregon creates some negatives for the local communities. Fogelson said out-of-state home buyers, like those from California, out-buy local Oregonians.

According to the City of Eugene, the city's median income is $44,000 and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, California's median income is $80,000. So Californians have a greater chance of being able to buy an average Eugene's home, which is priced at $315,000.

There are some positives for Oregon, though. Fogelson said people from out of state who bring in a higher income diffuse it through the local economy.

"They're bringing their families, they're bringing their energy, so we are going to be seeing a benefit in terms of the resources they need, which supports the creation of those resources and then the resources they bring," Fogelson said.

Ackerman said after he graduates, he plans on staying in the state.

"I love Oregon. I don't know if I will necessarily stay in Eugene, but I want to explore a lot more of Oregon and see what it has to offer," Ackerman said. "I love the people, and the nature is really the biggest thing why I'm here."

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