Benton County, OR

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2022 Population
95,615
1% 1-year growth
US Senator
Ron Wyden
Democratic Party
US Senator
Jeff Merkley
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
33.5
0.601% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
19.1%
4.34% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$72,882
6.04% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$442,300
14.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
46,601
0.291% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Benton County, OR had a population of 95.6k people with a median age of 33.5 and a median household income of $72,882. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Benton County, OR grew from 94,667 to 95,615, a 1% increase and its median household income grew from $68,732 to $72,882, a 6.04% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, OR are White (Non-Hispanic) (78.5%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (6.91%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.44%), White (Hispanic) (3.3%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.09%).

None of the households in Benton County, OR reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93.6% of the residents in Benton County, OR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Benton County, OR are Oregon State University (8,157 degrees awarded in 2022) and Phagans Beauty College (40 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Benton County, OR was $442,300, and the homeownership rate was 56%.

Most people in Benton County, OR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, OR was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Benton County, OR is home to a population of 95.6k people, from which 93.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 9.76% of Benton County, OR residents were born outside of the country (9.33k people).

In 2022, there were 11.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (75k people) in Benton County, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.61k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.24k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

93.6%
2022 Citizenship
93.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 93.6% of Benton County, OR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, OR was 93.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, OR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    75k ± 297
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    6.61k ± 286
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.24k ± 426
8.07%
Hispanic Population
7.72k people

In 2022, there were 11.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (75k people) in Benton County, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.61k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.24k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

8.07% of the people in Benton County, OR are hispanic (7.72k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Benton County, OR as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    143,534 ± 9,142 people
  2. Vietnam
    22,912 ± 3,706 people
  3. China
    22,028 ± 3,634 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oregon was Mexico, the natal country of 143,534 Oregon residents, followed by Vietnam with 22,912 and China with 22,028.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.76%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
9.33k people
9.89%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
9.36k people

As of 2022, 9.76% of Benton County, OR residents (9.33k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, OR was 9.89%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,874 ± 269
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,041 ± 197
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    564 ± 177

Benton County, OR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.8 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Benton County, OR employs 46.6k people. The largest industries in Benton County, OR are Educational Services (10,898 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,846 people), and Retail Trade (4,199 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($130,577), Public Administration ($68,946), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,545).

Males in Oregon have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $64,064. The income inequality in Oregon (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

46.6k
2022 Value
± 1,654
0.291%
1 Year growth
± 4.98%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benton County, OR grew at a rate of 0.291%, from 46.5k employees to 46.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, OR, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (5,549 people), Management Occupations (5,113 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,473 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, OR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

46.6k
2022 Value
± 1,654
0.291%
1 Year growth
± 4.98%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benton County, OR grew at a rate of 0.291%, from 46.5k employees to 46.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, OR, are Educational Services (10,898 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,846 people), and Retail Trade (4,199 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, OR, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, OR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,120
Median earning men ± $3,661
$30,994
Median earning women ± $2,083

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($82,193), Manufacturing ($73,984), and Wholesale Trade ($64,279).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($59,429), Construction ($52,333), and Manufacturing ($51,667).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.87%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.97M people employed in Oregon. This represents a 2.87% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.1%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Oregon.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,013
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 496
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 439
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Benton County, OR went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 67.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (28.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.16%).

Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are the senators currently representing the state of Oregon. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Oregon is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Oregon

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Ron Wyden
Senator from Oregon3
Assumed office on February 5, 1996
Elected to the seat following the resignation of Bob Packwood.
Jeff Merkley
Senator from Oregon2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009

Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are the senators currently representing Oregon.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Oregon

Oregon is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Benton County, OR awarded 8,197 degrees. The student population of Benton County, OR in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 17,328 male students and 17,022 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Benton County, OR are White (5,040 and 68.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (786 and 10.6%), Asian (638 and 8.62%), and Two or More Races (548 and 7.4%).

The largest universities in Benton County, OR by number of degrees awarded are Oregon State University (8,157 and 99.5%) and Phagans Beauty College (40 and 0.488%).

The most popular majors in Benton County, OR are Computer Science (985 and 12%), General Business Administration & Management (506 and 6.17%), and Mechanical Engineering (391 and 4.77%).

The median tuition cost in Benton County, OR for a public four year colleges is $10,425 for in-state students and $31,200 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Benton County, OR, the percentage of applicants admitted was 82.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 21.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 34,350 (50.4% men and 49.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 34,350 students enrolled in Benton County, OR, 50.4% men and 49.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 21,101 records, of which 51.2% were women and 48.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 327 degrees awarded
  2. 877 degrees awarded
  3. 396 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Benton County, OR was Mechanical Engineering with 327 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Benton County, OR according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 8,157 degrees awarded
  2. 40 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Oregon State University with 8,157 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 4,147 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Benton County, OR, which is 1.02 times more than the 4,050 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 5,040 degrees mean that there were 6.41 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 786 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($10,425) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,239) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($600) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.928% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.891% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (868k), High School or Equivalent (807k), and Bachelors Degree (693k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, OR was $442,300 in 2022, which is 1.57 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $384,900 to $442,300, a 14.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, OR is 56%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Benton County, OR have an average commute time of 19.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Benton County, OR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Benton County, OR is $72,882. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Benton County, OR was Census Tract 5 with a value of $99,507, followed by Census Tract 102 and Census Tract 109, with respective values of $96,272 and $91,888.

In 2022, 21.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Benton County, OR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.277%.

Property

$442,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$8,356
$21,191
Median Property Taxes
±$873

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, OR the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

56%
Homeownership
2022
70.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 56% of the housing units in Benton County, OR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 5
  2. Census Tract 102
  3. Census Tract 109

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, OR was Census Tract 5 with a value of $99,507, followed by Census Tract 102 and Census Tract 109, with respective values of $96,272 and $91,888.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Benton County, OR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$72,882
Median Household Income
± $3,355
37.9k
Number of Households
± 1,371

In 2022, the median household income of the 37.9k households in Benton County, OR grew to $72,882 from the previous year's value of $68,732.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, OR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, OR is from Oregon.
0.463
2022 Wage GINI in Oregon
0.462
2021 Wage GINI in Oregon

In 2022, the income inequality in Oregon was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.21% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Oregon was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oregon in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (62%)
  2. Worked At Home (14.6%)
  3. Walked (7.48%)

In 2022, 62% of workers in Benton County, OR drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (14.6%) and those who walked to work (7.48%).

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Commute Time

19.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, OR have a shorter commute time (19.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.59% of the workforce in Benton County, OR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, OR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benton County, OR have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 21.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Benton County, OR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.277%.

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Poverty & Diversity

19.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, OR (17.1k out of 89.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, OR is White, followed by Asian and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 11.3% of the children was living in poverty in Benton County, OR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 5.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 128 in Benton County, OR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.8 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.7% of the population of Benton County, OR has health coverage, with 52.9% on employee plans, 13.1% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 1.09% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Benton County, OR see 870 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.798% decrease from the previous year (877 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1392 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 86 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.2% were men and 50.8% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

870 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Benton County, OR

Primary care physicians in Benton County, OR see an average of 870 patients per year. This represents a 0.798% decrease from the previous year (877 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Benton County, OR in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 18.9% under 18 years, 32.9% between 18 and 34 years, 31.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.2% were men and 50.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.32%
Uninsured
52.9%
Employer Coverage
13.1%
Medicaid
13%
Medicare
14.6%
Non-Group
1.09%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, OR grew by 1.62% from 5.24% to 5.32%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 26.7 in Benton County, OR.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 28.1% in Benton County, OR.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 6.72% in Benton County, OR.

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