Twenty-Eight Percent of Washington County Households Are Low Income

by Emily Starbuck

November 1, 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets income limits that determine eligibility for low income housing programs. HUD develops income limits based on median family income estimates and fair market rent area definitions for each metro area. Based on HUD’s income limits for the Portland metro area, a four-person household making less than $59,750 per year is low income.

In 2017, there were 61,312 low income households in Washington County, making up 28 percent of the county’s total households. Nearly 145,000 residents live in those low income households. Forty-three percent of low income residents are people of color, compared with the county average of 34 percent. Low income residents over 25 also have lower levels of educational attainment – only 26 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with the county average of 46 percent.

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