Washington County, OR

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Population

588,957

1.06% growth

Median Age

36.9


Median Household Income

$80,946

7.02% growth

Poverty Rate

10.3%


Number of Employees

311,362

2.42% growth

Median Property Value

$394,000

9.02% growth

About

In 2017, Washington County, OR had a population of 589k people with a median age of 36.9 and a median household income of $80,946. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Washington County, OR grew from 582,779 to 588,957, a 1.06% increase and its median household income grew from $75,634 to $80,946, a 7.02% increase.

The population of Washington County, OR is 65.8% White Alone, 16.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 10.6% Asian Alone. 24.8% of the people in Washington County, OR speak a non-English language, and 90.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Washington County, OR are Pacific University (1,009 degrees awarded in 2016), Everest Institute-Tigard (228 degrees), and University of Phoenix-Oregon (129 degrees).

The median property value in Washington County, OR is $394,000, and the homeownership rate is 62.8%. Most people in Washington County, OR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Washington County, OR is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Washington County Courthouse in Hillsboro, Oregon

Economy

The economy of Washington County, OR employs 311k people. The largest industries in Washington County, OR are Manufacturing (53,585 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (39,149 people), and Retail Trade (36,144 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($85,852), Utilities ($80,350), and Manufacturing ($71,539).

Median household income in Washington County, OR is $80,946. Males in Washington County, OR have an average income that is 1.27 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,734. The income inequality in Washington County, OR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.459, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$80,946

2017 value

± $1,692

7.02%

1 Year Growth

± 2.71%

Households in Washington County, OR have a median annual income of $80,946, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $75,634 in 2016, which represents a 7.02% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,218

Average Male Salary

± $1,605

$49,734

Average Female Salary

± $1,325

In 2017, full-time male employees in Oregon made 1.27 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

    $57,271 ± $4,634

  2. White

    $49,378 ± $1,022

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $42,415 ± $9,075

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Oregon workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.16 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 Washington County, OR is from Oregon.

0.459

2017 Wage GINI

0.476

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Oregon was 0.459 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 3.62% 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 315.13

  2. Census Tract 321.09

  3. Census Tract 315.08

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Washington County, OR was Census Tract 315.13 with a value of $153,733, followed by Census Tract 321.09 and Census Tract 315.08, with respective values of $152,361 and $139,650.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Washington County, OR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Washington County, OR (58.2k out of 566k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, 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

    39,797 ± 1,516

  2. Hispanic

    20,638 ± 1,203

  3. Other

    6,685 ± 718

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

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

311k

2017 Value

± 9,507

2.42%

1 Year growth

± 4.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Washington County, OR grew at a rate of 2.42%, from 304k employees to 311k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Washington County, OR, are Management Occupations (38,605 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (36,938 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (30,128 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Washington County, OR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Washington County, OR, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (38,605 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (36,938 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (30,128 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington County, OR has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (2.92 times higher than expected), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.77 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Washington County, OR, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($95,520), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($91,371), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($88,657).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

311k

2017 Value

± 9,507

2.42%

1 Year growth

± 4.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Washington County, OR grew at a rate of 2.42%, from 304k employees to 311k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Washington County, OR, are Manufacturing (53,585 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (39,149 people), and Retail Trade (36,144 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Washington County, OR, though some of these residents may live in Washington 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 Washington County, OR, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (53,585 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (39,149 people), and Retail Trade (36,144 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington County, OR has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (4.54 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.78 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.46 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Washington County, OR, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($85,852), Utilities ($80,350), and Manufacturing ($71,539).

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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

94% of the population of Washington County, OR has health coverage, with 58.7% on employee plans, 12.2% on Medicaid, 9.68% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 0.836% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Washington County, OR see 1092 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.02% increase from the previous year (1081 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1089 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 332 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

1,092 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Washington County, OR see an average of 1,092 patients per year. This represents a 1.02% increase from the previous year (1,081 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Washington 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

5.97%

Uninsured

58.7%

Employer Coverage

12.2%

Medicaid

9.68%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

0.836%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Washington County, OR grew by 24.6% from 4.79% to 5.97%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Washington 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

Washington County, OR is home to a population of 589k people, from which 90.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 16.6% of Washington County, OR residents were born outside of the country (97.5k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Washington County, OR is composed of 387k White Alone residents (65.8%), 99k Hispanic or Latino residents (16.8%), 62.2k Asian Alone residents (10.6%), 24.6k Two or More Races residents (4.18%), 11.8k Black or African American Alone residents (2%), 1.7k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.289%), 1.47k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.25%), and 830 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.141%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Washington County, OR are Spanish (67,642 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (6,771 speakers), and Korean (5,624 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Washington County, OR was 36.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Washington County, OR are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Washington County, OR residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

16.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

97.5k people

16.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

95.7k people

As of 2017, 16.6% of Washington County, OR residents (97.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Washington County, OR was 16.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    138,391 ± 8,979 people

  2. Vietnam

    23,843 ± 3,780 people

  3. China

    23,046 ± 3,717 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oregon was Mexico, the natal country of 138,391 Oregon residents, followed by Vietnam with 23,843 and China with 23,046.

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Citizenship

90.9%

2017 Citizenship

90.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.9% of Washington County, OR residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Washington County, OR was 90.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    387k ± 581

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    99k ± 8.76k

  3. Asian Alone

    62.2k ± 2.44k

In 2017, there were 3.91 times more White Alone residents (387k people) in Washington County, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 99k Hispanic or Latino and 62.2k 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 Washington County, OR as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    67,642 speakers (12.2%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    6,771 speakers (1.23%)

  3. Korean

    5,624 speakers (1.02%)

24.8% of Washington County, OR citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Washington County, OR was Spanish. 12.2% of the overall population of Washington County, OR are native Spanish speakers. 1.23% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 1.02% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    8,601 ± 1,298

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,922 ± 1,295

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,581 ± 1,182

Washington County, OR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Washington County, OR awarded 1,646 degrees. The student population of Washington County, OR is skewed towards women, with 1,545 male students and 3,393 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Washington County, OR are White (1,028 and 63.9%), followed by Asian (148 and 9.2%), Hispanic or Latino (146 and 9.08%), and Unknown (130 and 8.08%).

The largest universities in Washington County, OR by number of degrees awarded are Pacific University (1,009 and 61.3%), Everest Institute-Tigard (228 and 13.9%), and University of Phoenix-Oregon (129 and 7.84%).

The most popular majors in Washington County, OR are Medical Assistant (130 and 7.9%), General Business Administration & Management (106 and 6.44%), and Pharmacy (94 and 5.71%).

The median tuition costs in Washington County, OR are $35,310 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Washington County, OR was General Biological Sciences with 41 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,009 degrees awarded

  2. 228 degrees awarded

  3. 129 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$35,310

Median Private

In 2016, the Washington County, OR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Pacific University with 1,009 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

451

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,195

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 451 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Washington County, OR, which is 0.377 times less than the 1,195 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

    1,028 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    148 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    146 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Washington County, OR were to White students. These 1,028 degrees mean that there were 6.95 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 148 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Washington County, OR was $394,000 in 2017, which is 1.81 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $361,400 to $394,000, a 9.02% increase. The homeownership rate in Washington County, OR is 62.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Washington County, OR have an average commute time of 23.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Washington 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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$80,946

Median Household Income

± $1,692

218k

Number of Households

± 7,155

In 2017, the median household income of the 218k households in Washington County, OR grew to $80,946 from the previous year's value of $75,634.

The following chart displays the households in Washington 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

$394,000

2017 Median

± $6,438

$361,400

2016 Median

± $5,263

In 2017, the median property value in Washington County, OR grew to to $394,000 from the previous year's value of $361,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington County, OR distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Washington County, OR the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

62.8%

2017 Homeownership

61%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.8% of the housing units in Washington County, OR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Washington 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 Washington County, OR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Washington County, OR have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

23.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Washington County, OR have a shorter commute time (23.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.64% of the workforce in Washington County, OR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.88%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.06%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Washington County, OR was Drove Alone (73.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.88%) and those who Worked At Home (7.06%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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