Wasco County, OR

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2022 Population
26,639
0.135% 1-year growth
US Senator
Ron Wyden
Democratic Party
US Senator
Jeff Merkley
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
40.4
0.248% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11.7%
20.3% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$61,316
5.99% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$298,200
17.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
11,870
1.03% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Wasco County, OR had a population of 26.6k people with a median age of 40.4 and a median household income of $61,316. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Wasco County, OR grew from 26,603 to 26,639, a 0.135% increase and its median household income grew from $57,853 to $61,316, a 5.99% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wasco County, OR are White (Non-Hispanic) (72.1%), White (Hispanic) (9.76%), Two+ (Hispanic) (7.29%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.37%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.61%).

None of the households in Wasco 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.

93.4% of the residents in Wasco County, OR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wasco County, OR are Columbia Gorge Community College (184 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Wasco County, OR was $298,200, and the homeownership rate was 65.1%.

Most people in Wasco County, OR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Wasco County, OR was 2 cars per household.

About the photo: 3rd Wasco County Courthouse (1914), The Dalles OR

Population & Diversity

Wasco County, OR is home to a population of 26.6k people, from which 93.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.75% of Wasco County, OR residents were born outside of the country (2.33k people).

In 2022, there were 7.39 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (19.2k people) in Wasco County, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.6k White (Hispanic) and 1.94k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

93.4%
2022 Citizenship
93.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 93.4% of Wasco County, OR residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Wasco 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 Wasco County, OR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    19.2k ± 133
  2. White (Hispanic)
    2.6k ± 425
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    1.94k ± 436
19.9%
Hispanic Population
5.31k people

In 2022, there were 7.39 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (19.2k people) in Wasco County, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.6k White (Hispanic) and 1.94k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

19.9% of the people in Wasco County, OR are hispanic (5.31k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Wasco 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

8.75%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.33k people
9.17%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.44k people

As of 2022, 8.75% of Wasco County, OR residents (2.33k 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 Wasco County, OR was 9.17%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    682 ± 128
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    455 ± 143
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    325 ± 115

Wasco County, OR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Wasco County, OR employs 11.9k people. The largest industries in Wasco County, OR are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,059 people), Retail Trade (1,384 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1,084 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($87,857), Finance & Insurance ($78,458), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($68,125).

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

11.9k
2022 Value
± 814
−1.03%
1 Year decline
± 9.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wasco County, OR declined at a rate of −1.03%, from 12k employees to 11.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wasco County, OR, are Management Occupations (1,595 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,204 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,037 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wasco County, OR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

11.9k
2022 Value
± 814
−1.03%
1 Year decline
± 9.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wasco County, OR declined at a rate of −1.03%, from 12k employees to 11.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wasco County, OR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,059 people), Retail Trade (1,384 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1,084 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wasco County, OR, though some of these residents may live in Wasco 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

$48,177
Median earning men ± $6,338
$33,702
Median earning women ± $3,834

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($97,941), Information ($93,583), and Public Administration ($69,303).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($48,068), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,331), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,167).

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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. 284
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 165
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 136
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Wasco County, OR went to Donald J. Trump with 49.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (46.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.09%).

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 Wasco County, OR awarded 184 degrees. The student population of Wasco County, OR in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 363 male students and 676 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wasco County, OR are White (99 and 53.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (75 and 40.8%), Asian (4 and 2.17%), and Two or More Races (3 and 1.63%).

The largest universities in Wasco County, OR by number of degrees awarded are Columbia Gorge Community College (184 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Wasco County, OR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (72 and 39.1%), General Studies (53 and 28.8%), and Registered Nursing (20 and 10.9%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,039 students enrolled in Wasco County, OR, 34.9% men and 65.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Unknown with 410 records, of which 67.3% were women and 32.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 72 degrees awarded
  2. 53 degrees awarded
  3. 20 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wasco County, OR was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 72 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
184 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Columbia Gorge Community College with 184 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 59 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wasco County, OR, which is 0.472 times less than the 125 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 99 degrees mean that there were 1.32 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 75 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($4,212) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,260) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,200) 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.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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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 Wasco County, OR was $298,200 in 2022, which is 1.06 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $253,700 to $298,200, a 17.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Wasco County, OR is 65.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Wasco County, OR have an average commute time of 17.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Wasco County, OR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Wasco County, OR is $61,316. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Wasco County, OR was Census Tract 9703 with a value of $84,861, followed by Census Tract 9701 and Census Tract 9706, with respective values of $78,024 and $69,495.

In 2022, 16.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wasco County, OR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.626%.

Property

$298,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$15,695
$6,830
Median Property Taxes
±$473

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 Wasco County, OR the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

65.1%
Homeownership
2022
64.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 65.1% of the housing units in Wasco County, OR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9703
  2. Census Tract 9701
  3. Census Tract 9706

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wasco County, OR was Census Tract 9703 with a value of $84,861, followed by Census Tract 9701 and Census Tract 9706, with respective values of $78,024 and $69,495.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$61,316
Median Household Income
± $4,317
10.5k
Number of Households
± 620

In 2022, the median household income of the 10.5k households in Wasco County, OR grew to $61,316 from the previous year's value of $57,853.

The following chart displays the households in Wasco 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 Wasco 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 (78%)
  2. Carpooled (9.16%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.15%)

In 2022, 78% of workers in Wasco County, OR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.16%) and those who worked at home (7.15%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

17.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wasco County, OR have a shorter commute time (17.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.41% of the workforce in Wasco 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 Wasco County, OR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Wasco County, OR have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 16.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wasco County, OR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.626%.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wasco County, OR (3.05k out of 26.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 65 - 74 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wasco County, OR is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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, 15.7% of the children was living in poverty in Wasco County, OR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 10.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 159 in Wasco County, OR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 80.8 per 100,000 population.

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Health

91.3% of the population of Wasco County, OR has health coverage, with 36.8% on employee plans, 23.8% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 15.1% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Wasco County, OR see 1026 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.21% decrease from the previous year (1060 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1320 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 167 patients per year.

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

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,026 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Wasco County, OR

Primary care physicians in Wasco County, OR see an average of 1,026 patients per year. This represents a 3.21% decrease from the previous year (1,060 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wasco 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 23.2% under 18 years, 19.9% between 18 and 34 years, 37% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.8% over 64 years.

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

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Uninsured People

8.69%
Uninsured
36.8%
Employer Coverage
23.8%
Medicaid
14.1%
Medicare
15.1%
Non-Group
1.46%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wasco County, OR grew by 3.4% from 8.4% to 8.69%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 51.2 in Wasco County, OR.

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Health Behaviors

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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 33.7% in Wasco County, OR.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 11.6% in Wasco County, OR.

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