Oregon has added an impressive number of younger adults this decade. The state ranks 7th in the United States for growth among people age 25 to 44 (since 2010). The 11% percent growth is more than 3x faster than states such as Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia– and more than Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Indiana and New Mexico combined.

The majority of Oregon’s growth in this demographic is in the Portland region. Multnomah County alone added more younger adults than the Eugene, Salem and Bend regions combined.

For the Tri-County region, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, the latest report from Oregon Employment Department forecasts 131 thousand new jobs from 2017 to 2027. With retirements and turnover, a total of 1.3 million job openings over the next ten years is projected.

Source: Christian Kaylor

Oregon Employment Department