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Development news from Oregon usually focuses on the Portland region, but Oregon's secondary metro areas also continue to grow. What's interesting is that some of that growth may be coming from Portlanders - people who find Portland too crowded are moving to places like Eugene, Corvallis, Bend, or Medford.

Anyway, here are the 2006 census metro area estimates for some of Oregon's secondary metro areas. You can see the growth in recent years.

Portland still dominates population-wise:

Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA - 2,137,565 (2006 est.); 1,927,881 (2000)

But other Oregon metro areas are also posting growth:

Salem, OR - 384,600 (2006 est.); 347,214 (2000)

Eugene-Springfield, OR - 337,870 (2006 est.); 322,959 (2000)

Medford, OR - 197,071 (2006 est.); 181,269 (2000)

Albany-Corvallis-Lebanon, OR - 190,550 (2006 est.); 181,222 (2000)

Bend-Prineville, OR - 172,081 (2006 est.); 134,549 (2000)

It is worth remembering that this growth happened during 2000 - 2006, during one of the worst economic slumps in recent memory.

I'll try to post photos of some of the new developments near Philomath (in the Corvallis area). What does the future hold for Oregon's smaller metro areas? Will Salem merge with Portland?
 
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