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PDX Index
BY DEBORAH ROSSITER


Teeming masses huddled into the five metropolitan counties in 1974: 943,085

Huddlers today: 1,487,300

Estimated number of arrivals INTO Oregon in 1974: 40,000

Number hustling OUT of Oregon in 1983: 40,000

And IN again in 1990: 70,000

Population of the little ol' town of Wilsonville in 1980: 1,001

Wilsonville population at last count: 10,600

Number of Smiths in the 1974 phone book: 1,950

Number today: 3,604

Number of Nguyens (the Vietnamese Smith) in the 1974 phone book: 0

Number today: 339

Number of inmates rattling bars at the Multnomah County Jail in 1974: 16,138

Number this year: 46,000

Concealed-weapons licenses issued by Multnomah County in 1988: 11

At last count: 11,907

Percentage INCREASE in violent crime since 1974: 10.8%

Percentage DECREASE in hate crimes since 1990: 56.9%

Percentage increase in cops on the beat since 1974: 51.8%

Ratio of cops to doughnut shops in 1974: 17:1

Ratio today: 38:1

Number of AIDS tests given in Multnomah County in 1989: 8,234

Percent positive: 3.75%

Number of AIDS tests given in Multnomah County last year: 21,810

Percent positive: 0.67%

Median monthly rent in 1980: $245

Cost of one-night stay in the Presidential Suite of the Benson Hotel in 1980: $325

Median monthly rent today: $621

Cost of one-night stay in the Presidential Suite of the Benson Hotel today: $900

Percentage rise in median per capita income between 1980 and 1997: 34%

The cost of a business calculator at the PSU Bookstore in 1974: $275

Cost today: $35

The cost of sending Johnny or Mary to Reed College for one year in 1974: $3,270

Cost for Jordan or Heather today: $23,880

Cost of a four-bedroom house in Laurelhurst in 1974: $37,500

Cost today: $289,000

Number of "lipstick seeking lipstick" WW personal ads in June 1989: 0

Number in an average month today: 60

Percentage increase in cosmetic surgeons listed in the Yellow Pages since 1974: 1,400%

Free dinners won since 1984 by spinning the wheel at Holman's Tavern: 9,930

Number of Portland mayors since 1974 who have owned their own taverns: 1

Number of Lewis & Clark alums making international headlines since 1974: 1

Number of swimmers drowned in the Sandy River since 1986: 11

Number of pedestrians killed by MAX since 1986: 16

Number of miles Tri-Met buses traveled in 1988: 20,935,200

Number traveled last year: 25,705,092

Stop lights in Multnomah County, excluding Portland, in 1974: 25

That same number today: 116

Winter steelhead count at Willamette Falls in 1980: 22,356

At last count: 4,544

Number of golf holes on Portland's greens in 1988: 558

Number in 1996: 828

Percentage increase in Mormon churches in Multnomah County since 1974: 45%

Percentage increase in sex shops in Multnomah County since 1974: 105%

Tons of goods exported at the Port of Portland in September 1981: 487.7

Tons exported in September of this year: 914.9

Tons of shit generated in a year by Portland Zoo animals, at last count: 780

Tons of paperwork generated in a year by City Hall copiers at last count: 299

 

Sources:
1999 Oregon Population Report, Population Research Center, Portland State University, 1974 Portland White Pages, 1999 Portland White Pages, 1974 Portland Yellow Pages, 1999 Portland Yellow Pages, 1998 Oregon Population Report, Oregon Blue Book (1973-74), Oregon Blue Book (1999), Police Annual Reports for 1974, 1998, 1999, Portland Progress Web site, U.S. Census Bureau statistics, HUD home page, Benson Hotel Sales Department, 1974 Willamette Week classifieds, Reed College, Ron Wyden's Senate office, June 1989 Willamette Week Person-to-Person ads, Oregon Business Journal: September 1981 and 1999, Portland Zoo, City of Portland Printing Office, The Oregonian (Oct. 12), Multnomah County Transportation Office, Places Rated Almanac 1997-1988, troutdale police department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Public Relations Office, exotic magazine, oregon's playmate guide, Tri-Met library.

 

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