Morrow County’s Per Capita Personal Income Falls in 2016May 7, 2018 Morrow County’s per capita personal income ranked 12th among Oregon counties in 2016 at $41,631. Morrow County lagged the state’s per capita personal income by nearly $3,800. Sherman County’s per capita income led the state, at $55,846, while Columbia Basin neighbor Umatilla County ($37,715) ranked 25th. On a nominal basis, Morrow County’s total personal income reached $469.4 million in 2016 with 11,274 residents, while Oregon’s totaled $185.8 billion and its population rose to nearly 4.1 million.
Net earnings by place of residence represented 66 percent of Morrow County’s total personal income in 2016, at $311.6 million. On a per capita basis, Morrow County’s net earnings ranked sixth in Oregon at $27,642, producing a gap of $178. Only six counties – including Morrow, Hood River (ranked 5th), and Sherman (4th) – held an advantage in net earnings. Per capita incomes in Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties ranked first through third in 2016. Umatilla County’s net earnings ranked near the middle of the pack, placing 15th among Oregon counties at $22,394 per capita, lagging the state by nearly $5,100.
Dividends, interest, and rent brought in $60.3 million or just 13 percent of Morrow County’s 2016 personal income total. On a per capita basis, Morrow County ranked second to last among Oregon counties (35th) at $5,352, lagging Oregon by about $3,600. Twelve Oregon counties held a per capita advantage over the state, with two-thirds lagging. Hood River County led the state, with $11,481 per capita coming from dividends, interest, and rent. In Umatilla County, dividends, interest, and rent ranked 33rd at $5,806 per capita, nearly $3,200 below Oregon’s $8,986.
Transfer receipts represented about 21 percent of Morrow County’s personal income total at $97.4 million. On a per capita basis, Morrow County ranked in the bottom five, 31st out of 36 counties in 2016 at $8,637. Morrow County lagged Oregon’s transfer receipts per capita by about $300 in 2016. All but eight of Oregon’s counties held a per capita advantage over the state, with transfer receipts lagging in six metro counties (Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, Benton, Yamhill, and Polk) and two rural (Hood River and Morrow). Umatilla County held an advantage of $565 per capita over Oregon, ranking 27th.
From 2012 to 2016, Morrow County’s per capita income ranking ranged from a high of seventh in 2014 and 2015 to a low of 12th in 2016. On a nominal basis, Morrow County’s total personal income fell by $20.3 million in 2016, a loss of 4.1 percent. Morrow County’s construction industry earnings fell by $12.1 million in 2016 with the completion of PGE’s new facility, representing well over half of its personal income loss.
Since 2012, Morrow County’s total personal income grew by $45.7 million or 11 percent, well below Oregon’s 22 percent increase ($33.4 billion). Adjustments to earnings for residence have risen considerably since 2012. In 2012, net earnings in Morrow County included a residency adjustment or outflow of $25.7 million. By 2016, the outflow of earnings from Morrow County rose to $113.2 million.