Benton County, OR

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Population

88,249

0.908% growth

Median Age

32.8


Median Household Income

$54,682

5.13% growth

Poverty Rate

20.7%


Number of Employees

41,703

2.58% growth

Median Property Value

$288,700

4.26% growth

About

In 2017, Benton County, OR had a population of 88.2k people with a median age of 32.8 and a median household income of $54,682. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Benton County, OR grew from 87,455 to 88,249, a 0.908% increase and its median household income grew from $52,015 to $54,682, a 5.13% increase.

The population of Benton County, OR is 81.3% White Alone, 7.15% Hispanic or Latino, and 6.58% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Benton County, OR speak a non-English language, and 92.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Benton County, OR are Oregon State University (6,837 degrees awarded in 2016) and Phagans Beauty College (35 degrees).

The median property value in Benton County, OR is $288,700, and the homeownership rate is 56.9%. Most people in Benton County, OR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, OR is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Benton County, OR employs 41.7k people. The largest industries in Benton County, OR are Educational Services (10,154 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,840 people), and Manufacturing (3,776 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($77,647), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($62,253), and Manufacturing ($53,421).

Median household income in Benton County, OR is $54,682. Males in Benton County, OR have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,053. The income inequality in Benton County, OR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,682

2017 value

± $2,361

5.13%

1 Year Growth

± 5.69%

Households in Benton County, OR have a median annual income of $54,682, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,015 in 2016, which represents a 5.13% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,970

Average Male Salary

± $1,681

$48,053

Average Female Salary

± $1,355

In 2017, full-time male employees in Oregon made 1.29 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $56,926 ± $5,268

  2. White

    $47,707 ± $1,033

  3. Alaska Native

    $40,267 ± $28,756

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Oregon workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, OR is from Oregon.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Oregon was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.411% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Oregon was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oregon in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Oregon across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 4

  2. Census Tract 9

  3. Census Tract 101

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, OR was Census Tract 4 with a value of $84,349, followed by Census Tract 9 and Census Tract 101, with respective values of $79,127 and $77,409.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, OR (17.1k out of 82.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    13,455 ± 729

  2. Asian

    2,332 ± 295

  3. Hispanic

    1,678 ± 269

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, OR is White, followed by Asian and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

41.7k

2017 Value

± 1,355

2.58%

1 Year growth

± 4.49%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, OR grew at a rate of 2.58%, from 40.7k employees to 41.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, OR, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (5,380 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,403 people), and Management Occupations (4,112 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, OR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, OR, by number of employees, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (5,380 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,403 people), and Management Occupations (4,112 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, OR has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (4.02 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.71 times), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2.13 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, OR, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($81,545), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($78,956), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($77,955).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

41.7k

2017 Value

± 1,355

2.58%

1 Year growth

± 4.49%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, OR grew at a rate of 2.58%, from 40.7k employees to 41.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, OR, are Educational Services (10,154 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,840 people), and Manufacturing (3,776 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, OR, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, OR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Benton County, OR, by number of employees, are Educational Services (10,154 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,840 people), and Manufacturing (3,776 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, OR has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.88 times higher than expected), Educational Services (2.63 times), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.04 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, OR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($77,647), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($62,253), and Manufacturing ($53,421).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Oregon to other states, or from other states to Oregon.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $18.5B

  2. $13.1B

  3. $12.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Oregon product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $18.5B, followed by Electronics ($13.1B) and Motorized vehicles ($12.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Oregon products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$134B

2015 Value

$201B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Oregon trade was $134B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $201B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Oregon trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Oregon to other states, or from other states to Oregon.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.5B

  2. $17.6B

  3. $2.94B

In 2015, the top outbound Oregon domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Washington with $26.5B, followed by California with $17.6B and Minnesota and $2.94B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Oregon shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.7% of the population of Benton County, OR has health coverage, with 53.6% on employee plans, 12.1% on Medicaid, 11% on Medicare, 15.9% on non-group plans, and 1.09% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Benton County, OR was $8,044 in 2014. This is a 7.73% increase from the previous year ($7,467).

Primary care physicians in Benton County, OR see 850 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.42% increase from the previous year (814 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1465 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 136 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Crook County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.2%). Additionally, Linn County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

850 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Benton County, OR see an average of 850 patients per year. This represents a 4.42% increase from the previous year (814 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Benton County, OR in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,044

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,232

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,185

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,942

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Oregon (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 7.73%, from $7,467 to $8,044.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.32%

Uninsured

53.6%

Employer Coverage

12.1%

Medicaid

11%

Medicare

15.9%

Non-Group

1.09%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, OR declined by 18.7% from 7.77% to 6.32%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton County, OR changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.2% prevalence

  2. 13.3% prevalence

  3. 13.3% prevalence

Crook County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Oregon, at 14.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Oregon by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Benton County, OR is home to a population of 88.2k people, from which 92.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.1% of Benton County, OR residents were born outside of the country (8.89k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Benton County, OR is composed of 71.7k White Alone residents (81.3%), 6.31k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.15%), 5.81k Asian Alone residents (6.58%), 2.77k Two or More Races residents (3.14%), 870 Black or African American Alone residents (0.986%), 416 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.471%), 225 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.255%), and 104 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.118%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Benton County, OR are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Benton County, OR was 32.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Benton County, OR are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Benton County, OR residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.89k people

9.51%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

8.32k people

As of 2017, 10.1% of Benton County, OR residents (8.89k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, OR was 9.51%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    146,430 ± 9,222 people

  2. Vietnam

    21,288 ± 3,573 people

  3. China

    20,489 ± 3,505 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oregon was Mexico, the natal country of 146,430 Oregon residents, followed by Vietnam with 21,288 and China with 20,489.

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Citizenship

92.9%

2017 Citizenship

93.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.9% of Benton County, OR residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, OR was 93.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    71.7k ± 82

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    6.31k ± 508

  3. Asian Alone

    5.81k ± 271

In 2017, there were 11.4 times more White Alone residents (71.7k people) in Benton County, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.31k Hispanic or Latino and 5.81k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Benton County, OR as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Benton County, OR citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Benton County, OR was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Benton County, OR are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,880 ± 220

  2. Korea

    659 ± 156

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    574 ± 156

Benton County, OR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.85 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Benton County, OR awarded 6,872 degrees. The student population of Benton County, OR is skewed towards men, with 16,184 male students and 14,235 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Benton County, OR are White (4,713 and 75.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (446 and 7.15%), Asian (441 and 7.07%), and Two or More Races (317 and 5.08%).

The largest universities in Benton County, OR by number of degrees awarded are Oregon State University (6,837 and 99.5%) and Phagans Beauty College (35 and 0.509%).

The most popular majors in Benton County, OR are General Human Development & Family Studies (371 and 5.4%), Computer Science (359 and 5.22%), and General Public Health (280 and 4.07%).

The median tuition costs in Benton County, OR are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $8,715 and $27,195 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 313 degrees awarded

  2. 214 degrees awarded

  3. 362 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Benton County, OR was Computer Science with 313 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Benton County, OR according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 6,837 degrees awarded

  2. 35 degrees awarded

$8,715

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Benton County, OR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Oregon State University with 6,837 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,369

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,503

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,369 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Benton County, OR, which is 0.962 times less than the 3,503 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,713 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    446 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    441 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Benton County, OR were to White students. These 4,713 degrees mean that there were 10.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 446 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, OR was $288,700 in 2017, which is 1.33 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $276,900 to $288,700, a 4.26% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, OR is 56.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benton County, OR have an average commute time of 18.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benton County, OR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$54,682

Median Household Income

± $2,361

34.8k

Number of Households

± 1,170

In 2017, the median household income of the 34.8k households in Benton County, OR grew to $54,682 from the previous year's value of $52,015.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, OR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$288,700

2017 Median

± $6,026

$276,900

2016 Median

± $5,103

In 2017, the median property value in Benton County, OR grew to to $288,700 from the previous year's value of $276,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benton County, OR compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, OR the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Benton County, OR distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, OR the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

56.9%

2017 Homeownership

57.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 56.9% of the housing units in Benton County, OR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 57.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Benton County, OR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, OR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benton County, OR have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

18.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, OR have a shorter commute time (18.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.91% of the workforce in Benton County, OR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    65.3%

  2. Bicycle

    8.57%

  3. Carpooled

    7.85%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Benton County, OR was Drove Alone, followed by those who Bicycle and those who Carpooled.

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