Morrow County’s Per Capita Personal Income Rose Slightly in 2017

by Dallas Fridley

March 7, 2019

Morrow County’s per capita personal income ranked 22nd among Oregon counties in 2017 at $40,309. Morrow County lagged the state’s per capita personal income by more than $7,800. Washington County’s per capita income led the state, at $57,331, while Columbia Basin neighbor Umatilla County ranked 33rd at $37,964. On a nominal basis, Morrow County’s total personal income reached $450.1 million in 2017 with 11,166 residents, while Oregon’s totaled $199.4 billion and its population rose to 4,142,776.
Net earnings by place of residence represented 63 percent of Morrow County’s total personal income in 2017, at $285.2 million. On a per capita basis, Morrow County’s net earnings ranked 11th in Oregon at $25,539, producing a gap of about $3,700 compared with the state. Only five counties – Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah, Hood River, and Deschutes – held an advantage in net earnings. Per capita incomes in Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties ranked one through three in 2017, Hood River County ranked fourth and Deschutes County ranked fifth. Umatilla County’s net earnings ranked near the middle of the pack, placing 19th among Oregon counties at $22,008 per capita, while lagging the state by about $7,200.

Dividends, interest, and rent brought in $64.8 million or just 14 percent of Morrow County’s 2017 personal income total. On a per capita basis, Morrow County ranked second to last among Oregon counties (35th) at $5,800, lagging Oregon by about $4,000. Ten Oregon counties held a per capita advantage over the state, with more than two-thirds lagging. Deschutes County led the state, with $12,221 per capita coming from dividends, interest, and rent. In Umatilla County, dividends, interest, and rent ranked 33rd at $6,233 per capita, more than $3,500 below Oregon’s $9,793.
Transfer receipts represented about 22 percent of Morrow County’s personal income total at $100.2 million. On a per capita basis, Morrow County placed near the bottom, ranking 30th out of 36 counties in 2017 at $8,970. Morrow County lagged Oregon’s transfer receipts per capita by about $130 in 2017. All but eight of Oregon’s counties held a per capita advantage over the state, with transfer receipts in six metro counties (Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, Benton, Yamhill, and Polk) and two rural (Hood River and Morrow) lagging. Umatilla County held an advantage of $624 per capita over Oregon, ranking 27th.

Morrow County’s per capita personal income rose by $349 in 2017, an increase of 0.9 percent. Although Morrow County’s per capita income rose slightly in 2017, its population total fell by 53 residents, a loss of 0.5 percent. From 2012 to 2017, Morrow County’s per capita income ranking ranged from a high of eighth in 2014 to a low of 22nd in 2017.

On a nominal basis, Morrow County’s total personal income rose by $1.8 million in 2017, an over-the-year gain of 0.4 percent. Looking at Morrow County’s major income components, net earnings fell by $3.8 million in 2017; dividends, interest, and rent rose by $3 million; and transfer payments increased by $2.6 million.

Since 2007, Morrow County’s total personal income grew by $120.8 million or about 37 percent, well below Oregon’s 49 percent increase ($65.6 billion). Adjustments to earnings for residence rose considerably over the decade. In 2007, net earnings in Morrow County included a residency adjustment or outflow of $9.1 million. By 2017, the outflow of earnings from Morrow County rose to $122.1 million.


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