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Population
  2010 2012
Population 3,831,074 3,899,353
Median Age 38.4 38.8
Total 8 year-olds 47,119 47,862
Boys 24,157 24,478
Girls 22,962 23,384
Total 9 year-olds 48,202 47,415
Boys 24,448 24,192
Girls 23,754 23,223
Total 10 year-olds 48,968 47,072
Boys 25,123 24,120
Girls 23,845 22,952
Total 11 year-olds 48,367 48,073
Boys 24,768 24,420
Girls 23,599 23,653
Total 12 year-olds 47,999 49,222
Boys 24,492 25,291
Girls 23,507 23,931
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 72.2% 71.2%
Car Pool 10.0% 10.4%
Public Transportation 4.2% 4.1%
Work at Home 6.5% 6.2%

Geography
Capital Salem
Largest City Portland city
Second Largest City Eugene city
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 39.9

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 1,925 1,933
Amusement Parks 2 2
Fast-Food Restaurants 2,797 2,782
Toy Stores 179 171
Video/Disc Rental Stores 232 89
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 16 15
Candy & Nut Stores 54 50
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 167 174
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 10 6

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: February 14, 1859
  • Population 1860: 52,465
  • Population 1900: 413,536
  • Population 1950: 1,521,341
  • Population 2000: 3,421,399

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Beaver State
  • Flower: Oregon Grape
  • Tree: Douglas Fir
  • Bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Animal: American Beaver
  • Fish: Chinook Salmon
  • Nut: Hazelnut

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.