Migration From Within the Region and State
Taking a closer look at the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates of migration between Counties, most movers in the Region are people who have moved to a different residence within the same County. Among people who have moved here from outside the Region, most (over 9,000) moved from another county within Oregon (see the list below and the map above). Most movers to the Region from within Oregon came from Marion, Multnomah, and Lane Counties.
Of the estimated 8,453 people who moved to the Region from outside of Oregon, approximately 1,500 moved from outside of the United States. Most of these individuals are students attending Oregon State University (OSU).
For information about international students at OSU, see the table below. For information about where OSU students are geographically located after they graduate, see further below.
Moving to Oregon
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 County-to-County migration estimates, the largest influx of people moving to the Region from outside Oregon – but from within the U.S. – comes from Clark County, Washington. However, when we consider those from outside the U.S., the top place people move from is Asia.
Data on international student enrollment at OSU provide insight into the large proportion of movers coming from Asia. For example, the number of students from China has increased from 131 in 2007 to 1,499 in 2017.
For more information about international students, see the connectivity map on Looking Ahead.
Educational Attainment of those Moving from Outside of Oregon into the Region
People who move into the Region from another state or abroad have a generally higher level of educational attainment than the Region’s overall population. 45.7 percent of people who move to the Region from another state or abroad have a bachelor’s degree, while 30.1 percent of the Region’s overall population age 25 and over holds the same degree.
Where do Oregon State University Students Go After Graduation?
Alumni data from OSU show that five years after graduation, most OSU graduates are still living in Oregon, with California and Washington coming in second and third as places of residence. Within Oregon, 28 percent are still in the region, contributing to our region’s communities, economy, and culture.