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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2008

Oregon in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

     With its primary on May 20, Oregon’s 2007 population of 3.7 million includes a much higher percentage of non-Hispanic white-alone population and a lower percentage of blacks than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 74 percent of Oregon’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, well above the national rate of 64 percent.

     These and other statistics about Oregon’s population at the state and local levels on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/>.

      Highlights include the following:

 Selected Characteristics Oregon U.S.
 Median age 37.5 36.4
 Women 50.3% 50.7%
 White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 81.0% 66.4%
 Black alone 1.9% 12.8%
 Hispanic or Latino 10.2% 14.8%
 Median household income $46,230 $48,451
 Foreign born 9.7% 12.5%
 Persons below poverty 13.3% 13.3%
 Bachelor's degree or higher (age 25+) 27.5% 27.0%
 Median home value $236,600 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014