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Oregon's Per Capita Personal Income Lags, but Shows Relatively Strong Growth
by Gail Krumenauer
Published Jun-24-2013

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes estimates of per capita personal income (PCPI) for the U.S., the states, and the District of Columbia. Per capita personal income is the annual sum of all resident income in a geographic area divided by the number of residents in that area, as of July 1 each year.

In 2012, Oregon's PCPI totaled $38,786. That was 90.8 percent of the nation's PCPI ($42,693), and put Oregon in 34th place among all states and the District of Columbia. Last year marked Oregon's second consecutive 34th ranking, the lowest going back to at least 1969. The District of Columbia posted the highest PCPI at $74,710, while the lowest statewide PCPI occurred in Mississippi ($33,073).

Oregon fell in the middle of the pack when compared with its western neighbors. Both Washington ($45,413) and California ($44,980) were among the high-PCPI states, ranking 13th and 16th, respectively. Meanwhile, per capita personal income in Nevada ($37,361) ranked 38th among the states, and Idaho's PCPI ($33,749) took 50th place, ahead of only Mississippi.

Table 1
Per Capita Personal Income and Growth, U.S. and Selected Western States, 2011 and 2012
  2010 2011 2012 2012 Ranking PCPI Growth 2011-2012
U.S. $41,473 $42,288 $42,693 - 1.0%
Washington $43,801 $44,647 $45,413 13th 1.7%
California $43,664 $44,412 $44,980 16th 1.3%
Oregon $37,424 $38,185 $38,786 34th 1.6%
Nevada $37,290 $37,612 $37,361 38th -0.7%
Idaho $32,890 $33,457 $33,749 50th 0.9%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Figure 1
Oregon's pcpi ranked 34th among states in 2012