Journey to Work: 2009-2013 ACS Commuting Patterns in the Columbia GorgeFebruary 5, 2016 Commuting (Journey to Work) refers to a worker's travel from home to work. More than 84 percent of the Columbia Gorge region's 23,869 workers lived and worked in their county of residence.
About 94 percent of Gilliam County's workers held a job inside its boundaries, leading the Columbia Gorge region. For those workers that leave the county for work, Umatilla County was the top destination. Gilliam County's 869 workers represented about 4 percent of the Columbia Gorge's total over the period from 2009 to 2013.
By contrast, about 77 percent of Sherman County's workers held local jobs, with Wasco County providing work for just over 16 percent. Sherman County's 752 workers represented about 3 percent of the region's total.
Hood River County's resident workforce led the region from 2009 to 2013, with 11,196 workers or 47 percent of the total. Close to 83 percent of Hood River County's workers held jobs within its borders. Its top work destination was Wasco County, with 709 residents or 6.3 percent heading east. Multnomah County (2.9%), Klickitat County (2.8%) and Skamania County (1.8%) all attracted several hundred Hood River County workers.
Wasco County residents represented 44 percent of the region's workers from 2009 to 2013 with 10,490. More than 86 percent of Wasco County's workers held a job within its boundaries, while Hood River County drew 6.3 percent. Klickitat County (2.4%), Jefferson County (1.7%) and Sherman County (1.1%) were also important work destinations.
Wheeler County represented just 2 percent of the Columbia Gorge's workers from 2009 to 2013 with 562. Just over 80 percent of Wheeler County's workers remained in
the county for work. Gilliam County was the most likely destination, drawing 8 percent of Wheeler County's workers, followed by Grant County at 4 percent.