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Census shows Malheur County growth stalls

Lynne Gross, partnership specialist in eastern Oregon for the U.S. Census Bureau, gives a presentation at a meeting for the City of Ontario’s Complete Count Committee in 2020. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – While nearby counties in Idaho surged in population over the past 10 years, Malheur County held steady, gaining only 258 people over the course of the decade for a total of 31,571 in 2020. 

Across the border, Meridian, a Boise suburb, was one of the 10 fastest growing cities in the U.S., according to U.S. Census results released last week.

Population growth as enumerated during the census is important because government funding for certain programs is based on population. The figures also determined the number of U.S. representatives in each state and are used to reset legislative . . .