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Population -- Statistics -- Oregon, Race, Ethnicity


Oregon House Bill 2003 from the 2019 legislative session (HB 2003) prioritizes equitable planning to address past and ongoing disparities in access to affordable housing, and Executive Order (EO) 20-04 (2020) declared a priority to address differential vulnerability to natural hazards by race and ethnicity. These priorities and Goal 10 of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) collectively identify an unmet and growing need for population projections with race and ethnicity detail, disability status, and for American Indian tribal lands in Oregon.

House Bill 5006 from the 2021 session (HB 5006), appropriated funds to study and make legislative recommendations on the incorporation of a regional housing needs analysis into state and local planning programs. To achieve more affordable, fair, and equitable outcomes in the housing planning process, DLCD and Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) developed a plan to achieve these goals and prepare a proposal for the 2023 legislative session. An element of the plan is incorporation of race/ethnicity, disability, and tribal land areas into population projections that are used for planning. To this end, the Population Research Center (PRC) at Portland State University (PSU) has generated new population forecasts with these elements as a contribution to an Oregon Housing Needs Analysis (OHNA) legislative proposal. This report identifies the methodologies used to make these projections, a review of selected results, and concludes with a discussion of these results and next steps.


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