Molalla population numbers say 'zero' but that's not really the case
Preliminary census numbers for Molalla
may indicate "zero sum" growth during the
last cycle, but City Administrator Dan Huff
said that's why the numbers recently released
are preliminary -- they don't become
certified until Dec. 15 -- and they will be corrected.
While the preliminary numbers indicated
Molalla saw no increase in its population,
Huff assured that wasn't the case and a call to
PSU has solved that issue.
"That number will be updated," he said.
"The preliminary numbers do not show the
growth the city experienced during the review
time from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
PSU is not showing the Molalla growth. We
have spoken with them and it will be updated
before Dec. 15."
Huff said it was important the numbers are
corrected in that these are the numbers that
determine revenue "that we work with the
state of Oregon on."
Though the numbers are strictly "preliminary
estimates of the population as of July 1,
2017," they show that local communities are
seeing varying degrees of growth. Locally,
the largest percentage of growth occurred in
Silverton (3.5 percent), Wilsonville (2.4 percent)
and Hubbard (2.3 percent). Canby's population
for 2017 is at 16,660, up from 16,420 a
year ago – a growth rate of 1.4 percent.