People flee most counties — “Our whole block moved”

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

Newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau show that 21 of Oregon’s 36 counties lost residents.

Overall the State lost 16,000 people according to KOIN-TV.

The Willamette Week had this very enlightening testimony of a progressive former Portlander, Katie Schneider,

” … she quickly grew accustomed to the occasional sound of gunfire outside her house. Then someone opened fire from a car on a summer evening in 2020, killing 22-year-old Jordan Lee Lewis on Dekum Street, just around the corner from her house and in front of Breakside Brewery, which her family frequented. Seven months later, after putting her kids to bed, a car crashed in the intersection in front of her house. Her husband found a man, gut-shot and bleeding. Three parked cars had been struck, and police found 60 shell casings in the street.  .. “Our whole block moved within two years,” she says.  Schneider, 42, is a liberal who—still—loves Portland. But she couldn’t raise her family in a city where leaders don’t seem to have any solutions, despite having coffers full of taxpayers’ money.“I don’t mind paying taxes, but I need to know that they are being put to good use…”  Continue reading.

The Oregonian ran a scathing Editorial on the population decline news:  They decried, “We cannot Narcan our way out of the opioid crisis.”  They also said, ““…. Census figures show that about 16,000 more people left Oregon than moved in from July 2021 to July 2022. It’s the first decline for Oregon since the 1980s when the nation was engulfed in a recession, as The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Jamie Goldberg reported. And the news is even worse for Portland, once the darling of national media. The census shows that Multnomah County lost more residents in the past two years nationwide than most every other county of its general size. While Seattle’s King County saw more people moving there in 2022 after a dip in 2021, Portlanders are continuing to leave.”


Here is how Quora answered the question. 🙂



We created this cartoon a few years ago to highlight the problem.



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