Lowest-earning counties in Oregon

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April 5, 2022
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Lowest-earning counties in Oregon

Americans on the whole were doing well financially heading into 2020, with major markers like unemployment reaching 50-year lows. The pandemic changed all that: During the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, our nation’s real GDP fell by a whopping 31.4%, a number that hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression. As the economy makes its comeback, things are still a far cry from the way they were in 2019.

One marker that has sped far past its 2019 position is that of income inequality in the United States. Low-wage industries were decimated by the pandemic, leaving millions without work or in positions they were overqualified for. Meanwhile, nearly one in five households across the United States earn less than $25,000 a year, while more than 6% have an annual income that falls below $10,000.

Where you live can make a big impact on your financial situation. Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-earning counties in Oregon using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the Census’ 2019 5-year estimate median household income. Keep reading to see where people in your state are making the least.

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#36. Washington County

- Median household income: $82,215
--- 30.9% above state median, 30.8% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 39.8%
--- #144 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 5.8%
--- #2,975 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#35. Clackamas County

- Median household income: $80,484
--- 28.1% above state median, 28.1% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 39.1%
--- #164 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.3%
--- #2,906 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#34. Multnomah County

- Median household income: $69,176
--- 10.1% above state median, 10.1% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 33.2%
--- #289 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.2%
--- #1,984 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#33. Deschutes County

- Median household income: $67,043
--- 6.7% above state median, 6.7% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 29.1%
--- #457 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.2%
--- #2,525 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#32. Hood River County

- Median household income: $65,679
--- 4.6% above state median, 4.5% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 31.7%
--- #346 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.7%
--- #3,064 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#31. Yamhill County

- Median household income: $63,902
--- 1.7% above state median, 1.7% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 28.9%
--- #461 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.1%
--- #2,551 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#30. Polk County

- Median household income: $62,691
--- 0.2% below state median, 0.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 26.8%
--- #600 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.8%
--- #2,090 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#29. Columbia County

- Median household income: $62,257
--- 0.9% below state median, 0.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 28.7%
--- #474 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.9%
--- #2,369 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#28. Benton County

- Median household income: $62,077
--- 1.2% below state median, 1.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 29.7%
--- #433 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.0%
--- #1,197 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#27. Marion County

- Median household income: $59,625
--- 5.1% below state median, 5.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 23.9%
--- #846 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.7%
--- #2,395 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#26. Linn County

- Median household income: $55,893
--- 11.0% below state median, 11.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.7%
--- #1,297 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.7%
--- #2,126 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#25. Clatsop County

- Median household income: $54,886
--- 12.6% below state median, 12.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 22.5%
--- #1,023 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.3%
--- #2,263 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#24. Umatilla County

- Median household income: $54,699
--- 12.9% below state median, 13.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.4%
--- #1,335 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.9%
--- #1,487 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#23. Morrow County

- Median household income: $54,269
--- 13.6% below state median, 13.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.7%
--- #1,297 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.5%
--- #2,693 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#22. Jackson County

- Median household income: $53,412
--- 15.0% below state median, 15.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.4%
--- #1,193 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.6%
--- #1,566 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#21. Jefferson County

- Median household income: $53,277
--- 15.2% below state median, 15.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.1%
--- #1,532 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.6%
--- #1,566 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#20. Wasco County

- Median household income: $53,105
--- 15.5% below state median, 15.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.4%
--- #1,672 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.0%
--- #2,578 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#19. Lane County

- Median household income: $52,426
--- 16.5% below state median, 16.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.8%
--- #1,291 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.8%
--- #1,244 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#18. Union County

- Median household income: $52,171
--- 16.9% below state median, 17.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.6%
--- #1,645 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.6%
--- #1,857 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#17. Wallowa County

- Median household income: $51,224
--- 18.5% below state median, 18.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.4%
--- #1,186 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.5%
--- #1,077 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#16. Sherman County

- Median household income: $51,071
--- 18.7% below state median, 18.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.5%
--- #2,045 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.5%
--- #2,191 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#15. Tillamook County

- Median household income: $49,895
--- 20.6% below state median, 20.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.8%
--- #1,988 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.8%
--- #2,090 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#14. Crook County

- Median household income: $49,006
--- 22.0% below state median, 22.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.6%
--- #2,019 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.9%
--- #2,352 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#13. Curry County

- Median household income: $48,440
--- 22.9% below state median, 22.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.0%
--- #1,553 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.9%
--- #1,222 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#12. Lincoln County

- Median household income: $47,882
--- 23.8% below state median, 23.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.0%
--- #2,132 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.2%
--- #1,151 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#11. Gilliam County

- Median household income: $47,500
--- 24.4% below state median, 24.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.8%
--- #2,186 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.0%
--- #972 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#10. Douglas County

- Median household income: $47,267
--- 24.8% below state median, 24.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.1%
--- #2,128 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.6%
--- #1,865 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#9. Klamath County

- Median household income: $46,491
--- 26.0% below state median, 26.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.0%
--- #2,132 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.7%
--- #1,030 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#8. Baker County

- Median household income: $45,998
--- 26.8% below state median, 26.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.7%
--- #1,610 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.4%
--- #1,615 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#7. Josephine County

- Median household income: $45,616
--- 27.4% below state median, 27.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.0%
--- #2,487 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.5%
--- #878 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#6. Coos County

- Median household income: $45,051
--- 28.3% below state median, 28.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.8%
--- #2,186 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.8%
--- #1,010 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#5. Grant County

- Median household income: $44,712
--- 28.8% below state median, 28.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.9%
--- #2,664 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.3%
--- #609 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#4. Malheur County

- Median household income: $43,313
--- 31.1% below state median, 31.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.4%
--- #2,590 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.8%
--- #679 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#3. Wheeler County

- Median household income: $40,926
--- 34.8% below state median, 34.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 8.9%
--- #3,060 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.1%
--- #1,713 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#2. Harney County

- Median household income: $40,735
--- 35.2% below state median, 35.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.0%
--- #2,132 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.7%
--- #2,395 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#1. Lake County

- Median household income: $37,898
--- 39.7% below state median, 39.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.1%
--- #2,310 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.3%
--- #609 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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