Umatilla County’s 2016 Per Capita Personal Income Ranked 25th

by Dallas Fridley

June 13, 2018

Umatilla County’s 2016 per capita personal income ranked 25th among Oregon counties at $37,715. Ranking in the bottom third of Oregon counties, Umatilla County lagged the state’s per capita personal income by about $7,700. Sherman County’s per capita income led the state, at $55,846, with Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, and Hood River counties ranked second through fifth, respectively. On a nominal basis, Umatilla County’s total personal income reached $2.9 billion in 2016 with 76,456 residents, while Oregon’s totaled $185.8 billion and its population rose to nearly 4.1 million.
Net earnings by place of residence represented 59 percent of Umatilla County’s personal income total, at $1.7 billion. On a per capita basis, Umatilla County’s net earnings ranked 15th in Oregon. Although it ranked near the middle of the pack, Umatilla County lagged Oregon’s net earnings per capita by nearly $5,100. Only six counties held a per capita advantage over Oregon, including rural counties such as Hood River (ranked fifth) and Sherman (fourth). Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties ranked one through three and neighboring Morrow County ranked sixth.

Dividends, interest, and rent brought in $443.9 million or about 15 percent of Umatilla County’s 2016 personal income total. On a per capita basis, Umatilla County ranked 33rd, near the bottom of Oregon counties at $5,806, just ahead of Malheur (34th), Morrow (35th), and Jefferson counties (36th). 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.
Transfer receipts represented about one out of four Umatilla County personal income dollars at $727.5 million. On a per capita basis, Umatilla County ranked 27th out of 36 counties in 2016 at $9,515. Umatilla County held a per capita advantage of $565 compared with Oregon’s $8,950. 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.  

Between 2012 and 2016, Umatilla County’s highest per capita income ranking came in 2012 when it placed 22nd. Umatilla County’s per capita income ranking fell to 28th in 2014 and 2015, rising three positions to 25th in 2016. On a nominal basis, Umatilla County’s total personal income rose by $102.1 million in 2016, an increase of 3.7 percent. Since 2012 Umatilla County’s total personal income grew by $350.2 million or about 18 percent, well below Oregon’s 22 percent increase ($33.4 billion).

 


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