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Oregon -- Population -- Statistics, Demographic surveys -- Oregon, Population forecasting -- Oregon -- Harney County


Different parts of the county experience different growth patterns. Local trends within UGBs and the area outside them collectively influence population growth rates for the county as a whole.

Harney County’s total population declined in the 2000s, with an average annual growth rate of -0.2 percent; however, the Hines UGB experienced slight population growth during this same period, posting an average annual growth rate of 0.2 percent. The Burns UGB experienced a growth rate of -0.7 percent, which is below that of the county as a whole.

Harney County’s population decline in the 2000s was the result of net out-migration. An aging population not only led to an increase in deaths but also resulted in a smaller proportion of women in their childbearing years. This, along with more women having children at older ages has led to births stagnating and a transition to a natural decrease (more deaths than births). Harney County experienced population loss in a majority of years between 2000 and 2013, though in recent years has grown due to a small net in-migration.

Total population in Harney County as a whole as well as within its sub-areas will likely decline at a slow rate in both the near-term (2018 to 2043) and long-term (2043-2068). This forecasted decline is primarily driven by an aging population and a natural decrease outpacing net in-migration. Harney County’s total population is forecast to decline by 302 over the next 18 years (2018-2043) and by 822 over the entire 50-year period (2018-2068). Most of this population decline is expected in areas outside the UGBs, which is forecasted to decline at a faster rate than either of the UGBs in Harney County.


This report is published by the Population Research Center at Portland State University, and is a product of the Oregon Population Forecast Program.

The introductory presentation, preliminary forecast presentation, forecast comparison and Harney County final forecast tables are attached to this document as supplemental files.

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