Portland becoming even less black, population researchers say

Oregon Local News – Portland becoming even less black, population researchers say

“Newcomers to the Portland metro region are more likely to be people of color, but less likely to be African-American

A new report from the Portland State University says despite a growing portion of Portlanders being people of color, they are less likely to be African-American.

Researchers at the Population Research Center say the Portland region netted a loss of up to 2,500 African-Americans from 2012-2014.

That was during the same three-year period the region was gaining an average of 66 people per day, 38 percent of whom were people of color — mostly people of Asian, Hispanic and Pacific Islander heritage.

“At this point, we can only speculate on the reasons African Americans seem to be leaving the Portland area, such as the gentrification of North and Northeast Portland,” said Jason Jurjevich, assistant director of PSU’s Population Research Center, in a news release.”

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