Central Oregon sees growing baby boomer population

A panoramic photo of Bend, Oregon taken by Cacophony. (Courtesy, Wiki Commons)
A panoramic photo of Bend, Oregon taken by Cacophony. (Courtesy, Wiki Commons)

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Newly released federal statistics show that Deschutes County has had the largest percentage increase in senior residents among Oregon counties in recent years.

The Bend Bulletin reports the U.S. Census Bureau estimates say the number of residents 65 and older in Deschutes County grew by 39 percent between April 2010 and July 2015. The senior population in neighboring Crook and Jefferson counties also increased during that time by 26 percent and 22 percent, respectively.

Portland State University researcher Risa Proehl says Oregon will continue to see a growing senior population as residents age and people move to the area to retire. She says retirees are drawn to Oregon’s affordable housing and access to outdoor activities.

The census figures show seniors accounted for 6 percent of Oregon’s population in 2015.

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