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Oregon's Economy: Income

The Wallowa Mountains and an abandoned barn along Zumwalt-Buckhorn Road. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Wallowa Mountains and an abandoned barn along Zumwalt-Buckhorn Road. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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Per capita personal income, a broader measure of the income all Oregonians receive from all sources, was $42,974 per person in 2015, which is $3,600 more per person than in 2005 after adjusting for inflation. In addition to wages, personal income includes proprietors’ income, income from dividends, interest and rent, and transfer receipts.

 

The national per capita personal income out performed Oregon over the decade, increasing by $11,765 over the same period and reaching $47,669 in 2015. Oregon’s per capita personal income is just 90 percent of the nation’s and ranks 32nd among the states and Washington, D.C.

 

Despite lower average incomes than the nation as a whole, Oregon’s poverty rate is less than average. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 14.3 percent of Oregon residents lived in families with incomes below the poverty threshold during 2011–2013. The U.S. poverty rate was 14.8 percent.
Oregon’s poverty rate is ranked about 27th in the nation.

 

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