County Demographics

The following information has been provided to the City of Sandy by the Oregon Employment Department, the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and the Portland State University Population Research Center.  Each chart or graph will show it's source in the lower left hand corner -- if there is no source listed, the source is the Oregon Employment Department.  This information is meant to be used as a resource for current community members and businesses as well as those firms thinking about relocating to Sandy.  If you require additional workforce demographic data that you cannot find here, please contact the City of Sandy Office of Economic Development at 503-489-2159 for additional assistance.

Clackamas County - General & Population Data





The City of Sandy is currently seeing robust growth in the younger demographic categories, with numbers exceeding the county average in all age groups under 40.  City of Sandy population numbers are significantly higher in the 0-4 age group and the 30-39 age group than in the county at-large, and significantly lower in all 50+ age groups.


Clackamas County - Workforce & Employment Data

source: State of Oregon Employment Department

The unemployment rate dipped to a low of 3.9 percent in May and edged up to 5.3 percent in July. This increase was mainly due to nearly 5,000 residents entering the labor force in June and July.



Driven by a healthy economy, the number of people in the labor force has grown in all cities in Clackamas County during the last 12 months. During the last year, the county added 13,200 residents to its labor force with Lake Oswego and Happy Valley adding the most at 1,270 and 1,130, respectively. 

In 2015, the working age population (25-54 years) made up 39 percent of the population in Clackamas County whereas the older population (65+) made up 16 percent. By 2050, the share of the working age population is expected to remain the same while the share of the older population is expected to grow by 5 percentage points to 21 percent.

Oregon’s labor force participation rate (LFPR) is the number people in the labor force divided by the civilian population,16 years and older. While the LFPR has fallen for the working age population by 5.6 percentage points from 1997 to 2015, the opposite is true for the older population (55+). Since1992, the LFPR for the older population increased by 11.2 percent to 38.3 percent in 2015.


Total covered employment was at 151,200 in November 2015.  Six broad industries made up over two-thirds (69%) of all employment and these industries included: private education and health services (21,300); retail trade (19,700); professional and business services (17,600); manufacturing (17,200); leisure and hospitality (15,000); and local government (14,100).


Since the recession bottomed out in early 2010, Clackamas County has added back 18,300 jobs.  The majority of jobs were in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, health services, construction and manufacturing.  Unemployment levels in the county have decreased by 6.5% since reaching a high point of 11.2% in February 2010.  Growth in the resident labor force within the incorporated cities in Clackamas County has been mixed.  The majority of cities saw an increase in their workforce with Happy Valley, Wilsonville and Estacada growing the fastest.  On the other hand, Gladstone, Milwaukie and Molalla declined from 1.4% to 2.1% over the last five years.


The number of unemployed residents in Clackamas County, who were looking for work, fell from a high of 22,299 in June 2009 to the current 11,319 unemployed residents in August. From a year ago, the county’s net employment grew by 3,100 jobs with professional and business services, construction, and health services providing the majority of growth.


According to Oregon Employment Department's recent job vacancy survey, Clackamas County employers reported 5,189 vacant job openings in 2015.  Health care and social assistance, retail trade and construction employers reported the most vacancies; retail salespersons and nursing assistants were occupations with the most job vacancies.


When asked why jobs were hard to fill, employers reported the main reasons were lack of applicants, lack of qualified candidates, unfavorable working conditions, and lack of work experience.


Clackamas County - Future Job Growth

Sixty percent of Clackamas County job openings from 2014-2024 will be due to workers retiring or leaving an occupation. Out of the estimated 61,091 job openings in the next decade, 24,174 will be new jobs and 36,917 will be replacement openings. Service occupations are expected to have both the most growth and the most replacement openings in the next 10 years. Almost one-half of the total job openings will require a high school diploma to be competitive in today’s labor market.


Clackamas County - Cost of Living Data

During the last six year, food prices have risen faster than all other items (less food) for the U.S. consumer.  Since November 2009, the price index for food (only) rose by 14.4 percent whereas the price of all items less food rose by only 8.2 percent.


The median prices of houses in Clackamas County has surpassed pre-recessionary levels.  The median home sales price of $349,000 in March of 2016 was $8,000 over the highest pre-recessionary level in January 2008.  The annual average number of houses sold has also grown during the last five years.  From 2010 to 2015, average annual home sales in Clackamas County increased by 89 percent.


Median gross rent in Clackamas County has risen by $117 or 13% since 2010 while median owner housing costs fell by $7 or 0.4%.  More renters than homeowners pay 30 percent or more of their household income on housing expense -- 51 percent versus 39 percent.

During the last six years, Clackamas County’s population has grown by 28,988 residents or by 7.7 percent. Over four-fifths (82%) of this growth has been due to net migration — the number of people moving into the county minus the number moving out. Only 18 percent of the population growth in the county was due to natural increase (births minus deaths).  On the other hand, both Multnomah and Washington counties saw a much higher portion of its population growth due to natural increase (44% and 46%, respectively) and slightly over half of its growth due to net migration.