In the last decade, the number of Oregonians aged birth through five years old dropped by almost 50,000. What happened?
Children First for Oregon provides startling data for our state, and this year shows the continuation of a dramatic trend. In 2009, Oregon had 284,210 children aged 0-5. Ten years later, that number is down to 234,213. That is a drop of 49,997 children or almost 18%.