Clark County, WA

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Population

481,857

1.52% growth

Median Age

38.6


Median Household Income

$74,060

0.919% decline

Poverty Rate

10.3%


Number of Employees

236,549

3.17% growth

Median Property Value

$358,500

8.9% growth

About

In 2018, Clark County, WA had a population of 482k people with a median age of 38.6 and a median household income of $74,060. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Clark County, WA grew from 474,643 to 481,857, a 1.52% increase and its median household income declined from $74,747 to $74,060, a -0.919% decrease.

The population of Clark County, WA is 77.9% White Alone, 9.96% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.68% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Clark County, WA speak a non-English language, and 95.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Clark County, WA are Clark College (2,311 degrees awarded in 2017), Charter College (1,620 degrees), and International Air and Hospitality Academy (351 degrees).

The median property value in Clark County, WA is $358,500, and the homeownership rate is 67.2%. Most people in Clark County, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Clark County, WA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Clark County, WA employs 237k people. The largest industries in Clark County, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (36,735 people), Retail Trade (28,233 people), and Manufacturing (26,395 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($85,346), Public Administration ($69,534), and Finance & Insurance ($68,811).

Median household income in Clark County, WA is $74,060. Males in Clark County, WA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,794. The income inequality in Clark County, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$74,060

2018 value

± $2,478

-0.919%

1 Year Growth

± 5.24%

Households in Clark County, WA have a median annual income of $74,060, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $74,747 in 2017, which represents a -0.919% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$79,555

Average Male Salary

± $1,504

$58,794

Average Female Salary

± $1,224

In 2018, full-time male employees in Washington made 1.35 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

    $76,629 ± $3,310

  2. White

    $62,679 ± $1,044

  3. Two or More Races

    $50,209 ± $3,211

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Washington workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 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 Clark County, WA is from Washington.

0.469

2018 Wage GINI

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Washington was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.658% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 the GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington 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 409.07

  2. Census Tract 406.09

  3. Census Tract 406.10

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Clark County, WA was Census Tract 409.07 with a value of $134,023, followed by Census Tract 406.09 and Census Tract 406.10, with respective values of $132,910 and $131,513.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Clark County, WA 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 Clark County, WA (46.5k out of 453k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 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

    35,336 ± 1,313

  2. Hispanic

    7,538 ± 624

  3. Other

    3,126 ± 449

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Clark County, WA 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

237k

2018 Value

± 7,553

3.17%

1 Year growth

± 4.47%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Clark County, WA grew at a rate of 3.17%, from 229k employees to 237k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Clark County, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (27,574 people), Management Occupations (25,921 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (24,169 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Clark County, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Clark County, WA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (27,574 people), Management Occupations (25,921 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (24,169 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Clark County, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.3 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.22 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Clark County, WA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($84,913), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($80,346), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($80,319).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

237k

2018 Value

± 7,553

3.17%

1 Year growth

± 4.47%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Clark County, WA grew at a rate of 3.17%, from 229k employees to 237k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Clark County, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (36,735 people), Retail Trade (28,233 people), and Manufacturing (26,395 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Clark County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Clark County, WA 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 Clark County, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (36,735 people), Retail Trade (28,233 people), and Manufacturing (26,395 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Clark County, WA has an unusually high number of Construction (1.45 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.41 times), and Utilities (1.22 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Clark County, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($85,346), Public Administration ($69,534), and Finance & Insurance ($68,811).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $45.6B

  2. $39.9B

  3. $29B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $45.6B, followed by Mixed freight ($39.9B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($29B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$323B

2020 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

37.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Washington trade was $323B. This is expected to increase 37.4% to $444B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington 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 Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $29.1B

  2. $15.8B

  3. $10.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $29.1B, followed by California with $15.8B and Tennessee and $10.3B.

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

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Health

93.7% of the population of Clark County, WA has health coverage, with 51.7% on employee plans, 17.3% on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 1.86% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Clark County, WA was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Clark County, WA see 1527 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.25% increase from the previous year (1479 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1502 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 355 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14%). Additionally, Adams County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,527 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Clark County, WA see an average of 1,527 patients per year. This represents a 3.25% increase from the previous year (1,479 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Clark County, WA 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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$7,913

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,328

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,851

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,997

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

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

6.35%

Uninsured

51.7%

Employer Coverage

17.3%

Medicaid

10.8%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

1.86%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Clark County, WA grew by 15.8% from 5.48% to 6.35%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Clark County, WA 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% prevalence

  2. 13.6% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14%.

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

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Diversity

Clark County, WA is home to a population of 482k people, from which 95.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 10% of Clark County, WA residents were born outside of the country (47.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Clark County, WA is composed of 375k White Alone residents (77.9%), 48k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.96%), 22.6k Two or More Races residents (4.68%), 20.6k Asian Alone residents (4.27%), 7.63k Black or African American Alone residents (1.58%), 4.26k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.885%), 2.94k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.609%), and 461 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0957%).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.9

In 2018, the median age of all people in Clark County, WA was 38.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Clark County, WA are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Clark County, WA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

47.7k people

10.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

47k people

As of 2017, 10% of Clark County, WA residents (47.7k 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 Clark County, WA was 10.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    256,836 ± 12,228 people

  2. India

    89,091 ± 7,285 people

  3. China

    79,210 ± 6,873 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 256,836 Washington residents, followed by India with 89,091 and China with 79,210.

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Citizenship

95.6%

2018 Citizenship

96%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.6% of Clark County, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Clark County, WA was 96%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    375k ± 290

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    48k ± 5.37k

  3. Two or More Races

    22.6k ± 2.37k

In 2018, there were 7.82 times more White Alone residents (375k people) in Clark County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 48k Hispanic or Latino and 22.6k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,721 ± 1,149

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,342 ± 1,128

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,790 ± 1,217

Clark County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Clark County, WA awarded 4,355 degrees. The student population of Clark County, WA is skewed towards women, with 4,926 male students and 7,993 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Clark County, WA are White (2,577 and 59.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (693 and 16%), Unknown (311 and 7.16%), and Two or More Races (242 and 5.57%).

The largest universities in Clark County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Clark College (2,311 and 53.1%), Charter College (1,620 and 37.2%), and International Air and Hospitality Academy (351 and 8.06%).

The most popular majors in Clark County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,039 and 23.9%), Medical Assistant (748 and 17.2%), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (180 and 4.13%).

The median tuition costs in Clark County, WA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $3,370 and $8,723 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 128 degrees awarded

  2. 1,039 degrees awarded

  3. 157 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Clark County, WA was General Business with 128 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Clark County, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,311 degrees awarded

  2. 1,620 degrees awarded

  3. 351 degrees awarded

$3,370

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Clark County, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Clark College with 2,311 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,470

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,885

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,470 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Clark County, WA, which is 0.51 times less than the 2,885 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Clark County, WA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,577 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    693 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    311 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Clark County, WA were to White students. These 2,577 degrees mean that there were 3.72 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 693 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Clark County, WA was $358,500 in 2018, which is 1.56 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $329,200 to $358,500, a 8.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Clark County, WA is 67.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Clark County, WA have an average commute time of 24.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Clark County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$358,500

2018 Median

± $4,825

$329,200

2017 Median

± $6,382

In 2018, the median property value in Clark County, WA grew to to $358,500 from the previous year's value of $329,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Clark County, WA 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 Clark County, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$74,060

Median Household Income

± $2,478

179k

Number of Households

± 6,452

In 2018, the median household income of the 179k households in Clark County, WA declined from $74,060 from the previous year's value of $74,747.

The following chart displays the households in Clark County, WA 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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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

67.2%

2018 Homeownership

67.3%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 67.2% of the housing units in Clark County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.3%.

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

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Commute Time

24.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Clark County, WA have a shorter commute time (24.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 3% of the workforce in Clark County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.4%

  2. Carpooled

    8.82%

  3. Worked At Home

    8.21%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Clark County, WA was Drove Alone (77.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.82%) and those who Worked At Home (8.21%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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