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Census: Trends to Ponder about Changing Oregonians

If you are a trivia buff or a marketer in search for the latest demographic trends, you’ll love the 2010 Census. A close examination of the latest decennial nose count tells us, for example, Oregonians are slightly older and have smaller families than the national average compared to a decade ago. We’re also living in a more ethnically diverse state.

There are many ways to slice and dice the Census. Here are a few trends covered by the media in the past few weeks:

Diversity: Latinos going urban

It’s no surprise Oregon’s Latino population grew. But what’s happened in the last decade Is intriguing. As of the new census report last fall, Latinos made up about 12 percent of the state’s population.

What’s news since 2000 is the breakdown of where Hispanic respondents come from, and in some cases, where they settled, OPB reported May 31. Charles Rynerson of Portland State University’s Center for Population Research was quoted as saying he thinks the Latino population is climbing in urban areas. Some of that is natural demographic growth.

It used to be Latinos worked on farm jobs, Rynerson told OPB. Now the state may be seeing their children or grandchildren moving to cities and going into different lines of work. For example, Bend’s Hispanic population grew 172 percent since 2000.