A review of 2010 Census data shows sizable growth in Portland’s Latino and Asian populations, but those groups grew even more swiftly in most of the suburbs. Portland’s black population grew only slightly in the last decade, while its Native American population fell 7.5 percent.
Portland went from 75.5 percent white in 2000 to 72.2 percent in 2010, making little progress in shaking its image as one of the nation’s whitest, least diverse big cities. In contrast, the proportion of minorities rose more briskly in 15 of 19 suburbs in the tricounty area.
The reasons are varied, but Portland has the region’s most expensive housing, and hasn’t kept pace with the suburbs in job gains.