ASTORIA — Clatsop County’s population increased 1.1 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to U.S. Census estimates released in late March. Oregon as a whole grew by 1.5 percent.
On July 1, 2015, the county’s population stood at 37,831, an increase of 406 from one year earlier, the bureau reported. The county remained Oregon’s 19th most populous, but its rate of growth increased. Its growth rate was 15th highest in 2015 among the state’s 36 counties.
Deschutes County in Central Oregon was the state’s fastest-growing county, with a 2.9 percent increase from 2014 to 2015.
Analysis of five years of Clatsop census data shows more than half of that period’s growth occurred between 2014 and 2015.
In Washington, Pacific County’s population was estimated to be 20,848 on July 1, 2015, an increase of 297 in a year, or 1.4 percent. Washington’s overall population increased 1.5 percent.
Pacific was Washington’s 30th most-populous county in both 2015 and 2014. It grew by the 11th highest rate among the state’s 39 counties. Whitman County, which grew by 2.6 percent, was the state’s fastest-growing.
Pacific County lost population in the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession. On July 1, 2015, it was still estimated to have 72 fewer people than it did on April 1, 2010, when the last actual census count was performed. The state grew by 6.6 percent during those five years.