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Summer 2005


Regionalism -- Oregon, Emigration and immigration -- Oregon -- Statistics, Oregon -- Demographic surveys


This version of the Periodic Atlas investigates migration in Oregon and the Metroscape using recently available data. It maps not just how many people are in-migrating and out-migrating, but where they come from and where they are going. This, of course, raises a fair question-does it really matter where new residents come from or where current residents go? Despite the fact that we are justifiably proud of our traditional freedom to move among states and communities seeking more opportunity and better lives, most states and communities have unique cultural icons (often stereotypical) with which they identify. If we sense that Oregon's culture is changing along with its population (as we know it has in the past), looking at its new residents would be a good place to begin understanding those changes.


Originally appeared in the Summer 2005 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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