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Portland Population + Housing Boom

By Jennifer Johnston, December 28, 2018

Portland metro is set for a population and housing boom over the next 20 years.

Majority of the growth in the area is projected to be in its suburbs.

Projections from predict the population of the area inside Portland’s urban growth boundary  will increase by more than 540,000 by 2040. Projection indicate Portland itself is expected to swell in population by a quarter-million in that time, according to Metro.

Some of the most substantial growth is expected in Hillsboro and Tigard. Hillsboro is projected to explode past 100,000 people to nearly 130,000 by 2040.  Tigard is on track to blow past the 50,000-resident mark up to a population of close to 70,000.

The growth in Hillsboro is so substantial that the city is projected to leapfrog Gresham by 2040, becoming Portland’s largest suburb south of the Columbia River.

Forest Grove is set for one of the largest increases in the region relative to its size. The city of about 23,000 is projected to boom to nearly 35,000 by 2040, an increase of approximately 51 percent.

Smaller Cornelius is projected for nearly as large a relative increase, a 46.5 percent surge from 11,900 to almost 17,500.

King City is set to grow by nearly 2,000 people — a 55 percent increase in the small community’s population. The city is currently eyeing annexation measures that could see it substantially expand its city boundaries.

Growth in cities including Beaverton, Sherwood and Tualatin is projected to be more modest. Beaverton is  set to grow from about 94,000 past the 100,000-resident mark, according to Metro’s projections. Sherwood is set to grow from about 19,000 to more than 20,500. Tualatin is projected to add fewer than 1,000 people, ending up with a population just above 27,000 residents.

Unincorporated areas of Washington County are projected to see a massive increase of 126,000 residents. Project swelling from about 240,000 people to more than 365,000 by 2040. The projected growth is greater than that in Multnomah and Clackamas counties combined.


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Jennifer Johnston

Principal Broker licensed in OR & WA

Jennifer Johnston has been a Real Estate Broker since 2001, and is a proud resident of Portland’s University Park, living in the house that her mother grew up in. She understands the power of home and putting down roots. Being a native of the Portland metro area, she received the benefits of learning about great neighborhoods, trends and hot spots. She is a 5 star rated agent on Zillow, Trulia and Yelp and multiple years 5 star award winner with Portland Monthly Magazine and is a recipient of 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents in Portland award. Jennifer’s goal is to have synergy with her clients. She wants you feel like you are house hunting or house selling with a trusted and experienced friend, and that your journey will be stress-free and as agreeable as possible. Jennifer believes in spending quality time with her clients and really getting to know how they love to live, so she can help serve them and find them their new home. In addition to providing residential real estate services to her clients, Jennifer’s background experiences are artistic and entrepreneurial. She started and ran a restaurant guide for several years after leaving a Program Manager position at NIKE. She developed and organized the International Gourmet Dinner Club, a dinner club which consists of individuals expanding their culinary palette and cooking skills while making new friends who are also passionate about food through monthly theme dinners. When time allows, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music from the 70’s and 80’s and doing something that releases some creative energy. Her paintings have been shown in galleries, commissioned by local collectors and she is a major donor for Cascade Aids Project. Certified Relocation Specialist
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