Migration

New residents bring cultural and economic contributions to our Region. This map shows estimated migration into the Region from other counties in Oregon and across the U.S.

Map of In-Migration to the Region by County

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.

Where Movers into the Region are Moving From

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.

Top 10 Originating Places Outside Oregon for People Moving into the Region International Student Enrollment at Oregon State University, Fall 2007 to Fall 2017

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.

Educational Attainment of Movers from Another State and Abroad (by county within the OCWCOG Region)

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.

Oregon and U.S. Locations of OSU 2005–2010 graduates five years after graduation