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The 2000 Census showed that Deschutes County had a population of 115,367 people. This represented 3.37% of the total population of Oregon, making it the state's 7th most populous county (out of 36 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Deschutes had a population of 158,629 people. This is an increase of 37.5% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010157,733+36.72%-0.56% since 2009
2009158,629+37.5%+0.57% since 2008
2008157,730+36.72%+2.82% since 2007
2007153,405+32.97%+3.18% since 2006
2006148,670+28.87%+5.47% since 2005
2005140,962+22.19%+5.13% since 2004
2004134,080+16.22%+3.68% since 2003
2003129,322+12.1%+3.07% since 2002
2002125,468+8.76%+3.98% since 2001
2001120,667+4.59%+4.59% since 2000
2000115,367The Last Census

Deschutes County had 54,583 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Deschutes County has a total area<3> of 3,054 square miles [7,911 km²]. Of this total, 3,018 square miles [7,816 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.2%) being water (36.61 square miles [94.8 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Deschutes County had a population density of 38.22 people per square mile [14.76 people/km²], making it the state's 17th most densely populated county (out of 36 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Deschutes County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Deschutes and the state of Oregon.

Click here for the Deschutes County QuickFact (QF-41017).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Deschutes County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Deschutes County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CrookQF-41013   E22,56619,18217.64%
HarneyQF-41025   E6,7567,609-11.21%
JeffersonQF-41031   N19,95919,0095%
KlamathQF-41035   S66,24763,7753.88%
LakeQF-41037   SE7,0897,422-4.49%
LaneQF-41039   W351,109322,9598.72%
LinnQF-41043   NW116,584103,06913.11%

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Census QuickFact for Deschutes County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Deschutes. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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