"Kanhaiya Vaidya, the state's senior demographer, says the figures arrive with a caveat. 'Most of the state's growth happened in the first seven years of the decade' before the recession socked economic momentum.
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The state's 12 biggest counties in 2000 remained the biggest a decade later, and with few surprises concerning the major three: Multnomah is still the big brother of the metro-area family, topping Washington and Clackamas counties with a population of 735,334, an 11 percent jump from a decade ago. Still, Washington saw the biggest growth spurt of the three counties, a nearly 19 percent jump. Clackamas, like Multnomah, grew at roughly an 11 percent clip during the decade."
But despite the growth, more than a fifth of the state's counties lost population between 2000 and 2010.