Residents flee Portland for suburbs, other states amid surging violent crime

Multnomah County has also seen a net loss of people, especially higher-income earners.

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Fewer people are moving into Portland, Or. than are moving out according to a recent report.

The Portland Business Journal found that the population of the Portland metro area went up by just 0.1 percent between 2020 and 2021, which is lower than in previous years.

An analysis of IRS data showed that most people who left Multnomah County between 2019 and 2020 went to Clackamas County, then to Washington County, then Clark County.

According to the outlet, Multnomah County has also seen a net loss of people, especially higher-income earners. Many high-earning residents relocated in state to Deschutes County.

Many residents also left not only Portland by the state, for California, Arizona, and Texas.

Multnomah County has lost almost 2,000 tax filers and those moving out usually made much more money than those moving in.

Last week, Portland broke last year’s record number of homicides with 93. The previous year’s record of 92 homicides shattered the city’s previous record of 70 homicides in 1987. 

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