Latin American Population Rising in Oregon

The Latin American population is on the rise in many parts of the country. Oregon is seeing its own shifts in population, and this piece takes a look at whats driving the changes.
June 2, 2011, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"Beth Hyams: What areas of Oregon saw the greatest increases in Latino population?

April Baer: First off, Oregon's Latino population has grown due to both net migration and natural increase. People moved in, and people who live here had kids. We can say that births within the state represented a large slice of growth, but immigration into Oregon was the biggest factor.

Charles Rynerson is a data analyst with Portland State University's Center for Population Research.

Charles Rynerson 'The Latino population doubled in Linn County. Hispanic share is still smaller than the state's, at about eight percent in Linn County, compared with 12% statewide.'"

Both urban and rural areas in Oregon are seeing increases in Latin American populations.

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Published on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Oregon Public Broadcasting
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