Matthew Harris (glowing_fish) wrote in damnportlanders,
Matthew Harris

A map I made of Oregon's population

I made a map to show just how concentrated Oregon's population was.

I knew that much of Oregon's population lived in the Portland metro area, but I was curious just how much, and how far out you had to get from Portland to make 50, 75 and 90% of the population.

So after getting some numbers from, I made the following map:


50% of Oregon's population lives in the tricounty area, or Marion county (which, depending on your definitions, Salem could be seen as a suburb of Portland).

By adding the rest of the Willamette Valley as well as Deschutes County (Bend) you get up to 75% of Oregon's population.

And by adding the Medford/Roseburg/Grant's Pass area in Southern Oregon, as well as a bit of central Oregon (including The Dalles and Madras) and the North Coast, you reach 90% of Oregon's population.

Coos Bay, Klamath Falls and all of Eastern Oregon together make up the other 10% of Oregon's population.

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