Some of the metro-east's largest communities had population drops in 2017, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates. It's certainly a piece of it.
Some of the other cities with the largest population gains were Phoenix (24,000); Dallas (18,900); Fort Worth (18,700); Los Angeles (18,600); Seattle (17,500); and Charlotte, North Carolina (15,600).
New York City is No. 1 with 8.6 million, followed by Los Angeles with nearly 4 million and Chicago with 2.7 million. Tineh said the area is not seeing the kind of growth from foreign-born people that it did from 1990 to 2000.
Bowling Green, however, added 1,528 people past year and has grown by 9,000 since 2010 to a total population of 67,067, the report said. Its annual projections are issued after researchers review responses to questions posed to city officials across OR in regard to changes in housing stock and "group quarters" populations living in places such as college dormitories, nursing homes and jails.
The census figures are based on estimates that are later adjusted as more data are analyzed. U.S. Census records last estimated the city's population at 42,761 residents in 2016, although on August 17 of past year, the city declared its population as over 50,000. But this year, the 2016 number was updated to reflect a loss of 4,879 residents.
The Island's small population increases come against a backdrop of census estimates that continue to show the nation's greatest such growth was occurring primarily in the South and West, a decades-old development, experts noted.
It's a different story for the state's 20 biggest cities.
"I think it's too soon to tell if the trend will change", Frey said.
And it's not just Chicago that's shedding population.
Because of this, Jacksonville is Florida's most populous city, with 892,062 residents in 2017 - this does not include metropolitan areas, which can include several cities. And Illinois dropped from fifth-largest to sixth-largest state in 2017. The difference between 861,542 in 2016 and 869,666 in 2017 works out to a 0.94 percent increase.
The Tri-Cities added 6,500 people between 2016 and 2017.
The most recent PSU numbers puts Eugene's estimated population at 167,780.
In June 2018, the Census Bureau will release 2017 population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin for the nation, states and counties.