Lassen County, CA

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Population

31,470

1.49% decline

Median Age

36.2


Median Household Income

$54,083

5.1% growth

Poverty Rate

14.6%


Number of Employees

9,052

0.0885% growth

Median Property Value

$177,500

1.72% growth

About

In 2017, Lassen County, CA had a population of 31.5k people with a median age of 36.2 and a median household income of $54,083. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lassen County, CA declined from 31,945 to 31,470, a -1.49% decrease and its median household income grew from $51,457 to $54,083, a 5.1% increase.

The population of Lassen County, CA is 66.1% White Alone, 18.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 8.61% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Lassen County, CA speak a non-English language, and 95.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lassen County, CA are Lassen Community College (353 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Lassen County, CA is $177,500, and the homeownership rate is 66%. Most people in Lassen County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Lassen County, CA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lassen County, CA employs 9.05k people. The largest industries in Lassen County, CA are Public Administration (2,979 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,144 people), and Educational Services (800 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($58,000), Public Administration ($56,437), and Information ($50,125).

Median household income in Lassen County, CA is $54,083. Males in Lassen County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,252. The income inequality in Lassen County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,083

2017 value

± $2,927

5.1%

1 Year Growth

± 6.9%

Households in Lassen County, CA have a median annual income of $54,083, 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 $51,457 in 2016, which represents a 5.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,235

Average Male Salary

± $699

$57,252

Average Female Salary

± $582

In 2017, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 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

    $65,946 ± $1,081

  2. White

    $59,925 ± $556

  3. Two or More Races

    $49,289 ± $1,826

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 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 Lassen County, CA is from California.

0.5

2017 Wage GINI

0.5

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.5 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.16% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California 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 405

  2. Census Tract 403.02

  3. Census Tract 403.05

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lassen County, CA was Census Tract 405 with a value of $77,125, followed by Census Tract 403.02 and Census Tract 403.05, with respective values of $66,473 and $61,288.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lassen County, CA (3.16k out of 21.6k 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 55 - 64, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

    2,603 ± 302

  2. Hispanic

    407 ± 154

  3. Native American

    222 ± 90

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lassen County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

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

9.05k

2017 Value

± 563

0.0885%

1 Year growth

± 8.56%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lassen County, CA grew at a rate of 0.0885%, from 9.04k employees to 9.05k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lassen County, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,318 people), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1,091 people), and Management Occupations (797 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lassen County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lassen County, CA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,318 people), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1,091 people), and Management Occupations (797 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lassen County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (12.5 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.94 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (2.35 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lassen County, CA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($100,875), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($85,833), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($84,766).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.05k

2017 Value

± 563

0.0885%

1 Year growth

± 8.56%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lassen County, CA grew at a rate of 0.0885%, from 9.04k employees to 9.05k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lassen County, CA, are Public Administration (2,979 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,144 people), and Educational Services (800 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lassen County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Lassen County, CA 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 Lassen County, CA, by number of employees, are Public Administration (2,979 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,144 people), and Educational Services (800 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lassen County, CA has an unusually high number of Public Administration (7.05 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.92 times), and Utilities (1.52 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lassen County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($58,000), Public Administration ($56,437), and Information ($50,125).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight ($157B) and Gasoline ($127B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

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

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Health

93% of the population of Lassen County, CA has health coverage, with 48.1% on employee plans, 16.3% on Medicaid, 15.5% on Medicare, 10.7% on non-group plans, and 2.3% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lassen County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Lassen County, CA see 2411 patients per year on average, which represents a 13.9% increase from the previous year (2117 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 908 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 336 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,411 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lassen County, CA see an average of 2,411 patients per year. This represents a 13.9% increase from the previous year (2,117 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lassen County, CA 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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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

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

7.05%

Uninsured

48.1%

Employer Coverage

16.3%

Medicaid

15.5%

Medicare

10.7%

Non-Group

2.3%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lassen County, CA declined by 13.7% from 8.17% to 7.05%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lassen County, CA 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. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

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

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Diversity

Lassen County, CA is home to a population of 31.5k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.86% of Lassen County, CA residents were born outside of the country (1.85k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lassen County, CA is composed of 20.8k White Alone residents (66.1%), 5.83k Hispanic or Latino residents (18.5%), 2.71k Black or African American Alone residents (8.61%), 913 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.9%), 511 Two or More Races residents (1.62%), 462 Asian Alone residents (1.47%), 219 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.696%), and 16 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0508%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lassen County, CA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lassen County, CA was 36.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Lassen County, CA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Lassen County, CA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.86%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.85k people

6.03%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.93k people

As of 2017, 5.86% of Lassen County, CA residents (1.85k 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 Lassen County, CA was 6.03%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,212,695 ± 47,591 people

  2. Philippines

    836,199 ± 22,209 people

  3. China

    612,429 ± 19,062 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,212,695 California residents, followed by Philippines with 836,199 and China with 612,429.

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Citizenship

95.8%

2017 Citizenship

95.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.8% of Lassen County, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lassen County, CA was 95.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    20.8k ± 20

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5.83k ± 306

  3. Black or African American Alone

    2.71k ± 61

In 2017, there were 3.57 times more White Alone residents (20.8k people) in Lassen County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.83k Hispanic or Latino and 2.71k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lassen County, CA 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 Lassen County, CA 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 Lassen County, CA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lassen County, CA 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

    910 ± 158

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    370 ± 121

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    289 ± 96

Lassen County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lassen County, CA awarded 353 degrees. The student population of Lassen County, CA is skewed towards men, with 1,739 male students and 488 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lassen County, CA are White (176 and 50.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (71 and 20.4%), Unknown (31 and 8.91%), and Black or African American (29 and 8.33%).

The largest universities in Lassen County, CA by number of degrees awarded are Lassen Community College (353 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lassen County, CA are Humanistic Studies (140 and 39.7%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (61 and 17.3%), and Other Engineering Technologies & Engineering-Related Fields (57 and 16.1%).

The median tuition costs in Lassen County, CA are $N/A 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 Associates Degree recipients in Lassen County, CA was Humanistic Studies with 140 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

353 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lassen County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lassen Community College with 353 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

204

Degrees Awarded to Men

149

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 204 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lassen County, CA, which is 1.37 times more than the 149 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

    176 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    71 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    31 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lassen County, CA were to White students. These 176 degrees mean that there were 2.48 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 71 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lassen County, CA was $177,500 in 2017, which is 0.816 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $174,500 to $177,500, a 1.72% increase. The homeownership rate in Lassen County, CA is 66%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lassen County, CA have an average commute time of 19.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lassen County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$54,083

Median Household Income

± $2,927

9.44k

Number of Households

± 553

In 2017, the median household income of the 9.44k households in Lassen County, CA grew to $54,083 from the previous year's value of $51,457.

The following chart displays the households in Lassen County, CA 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

$177,500

2017 Median

± $11,132

$174,500

2016 Median

± $11,424

In 2017, the median property value in Lassen County, CA grew to to $177,500 from the previous year's value of $174,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lassen County, CA 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 Lassen County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lassen County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lassen County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

66%

2017 Homeownership

64.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66% of the housing units in Lassen County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.6%.

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

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Commute Time

19.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lassen County, CA have a shorter commute time (19.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.53% of the workforce in Lassen County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.79%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.81%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lassen County, CA was Drove Alone (80.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.79%) and those who Worked At Home (5.81%).

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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