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Population
  2010 2011
Population 3,831,074 3,871,859
State Rank 27 27
Median Age 38.4 38.6
Total 8 year-olds 47,119 47,324
Boys 24,157 24,147
Girls 22,962 23,177
Total 9 year-olds 48,202 46,982
Boys 24,448 24,109
Girls 23,754 22,873
Total 10 year-olds 48,968 47,958
Boys 25,123 24,295
Girls 23,845 23,663
Total 11 year-olds 48,367 49,187
Boys 24,768 25,263
Girls 23,599 23,924
Total 12 year-olds 47,999 48,420
Boys 24,492 24,769
Girls 23,507 23,651
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 72.2% 71.8%
Car Pool 10.0% 10.2%
Public Transportation 4.2% 4.3%
Work at Home 6.5% 6.4%

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

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 1,750 1,925
Amusement Parks 5 2
Fast-Food Restaurants 2,987 4,040
Toy Stores 154 179
Video/Disc Rental Stores 344 232
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 10 16
Candy & Nut Stores 62 54
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 132 167
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 6 10

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

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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.