Polk County, OR

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Population
81,427
2.21% 1-year growth
US Senator
Ron Wyden
Democratic Party
US Senator
Jeff Merkley
Democratic Party
Median Age
37.1

Poverty Rate
14.1%

Median Household Income
$58,344
4.13% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$242,600
7.97% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
35,904
3.1% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Polk County, OR had a population of 81.4k people with a median age of 37.1 and a median household income of $58,344. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Polk County, OR grew from 79,666 to 81,427, a 2.21% increase and its median household income grew from $56,032 to $58,344, a 4.13% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, OR are White (Non-Hispanic) (78.4%), White (Hispanic) (9.53%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.78%), Other (Hispanic) (2.77%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.86%). 0% of the people in Polk County, OR speak a non-English language, and 95% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Polk County, OR are Western Oregon University (1,505 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2018, the median property value in Polk County, OR was $242,600, and the homeownership rate was 65.4%. Most people in Polk County, OR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County, OR was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Oregon (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
Y-Axis
-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Oregon. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Oregon.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Oregon across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Polk County, OR went to Donald J. Trump with 47% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (40.7%), followed by Other (12.2%). The most partisan county was Lake County, OR with 76.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are the senators currently representing the state of Oregon. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Oregon is currently represented by 5 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Polk County, OR
47% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Oregon
  1. 76.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 74% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 73.3% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Oregon was Lake County, OR with 76.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Oregon colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Oregon

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Ron Wyden
Senator from Oregon3
Assumed office on February 5, 1996
Elected to the seat following the resignation of Bob Packwood.
Jeff Merkley
Senator from Oregon2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009

Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are the senators currently representing Oregon.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Oregon over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Oregon

Oregon is currently represented by 5 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Oregon have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Polk County, OR is home to a population of 81.4k people, from which 95% are citizens. As of 2018, 8.03% of Polk County, OR residents were born outside of the country (6.54k people).

In 2018, there were 8.23 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (63.9k people) in Polk County, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.76k White (Hispanic) and 2.27k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, OR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    63.9k ± 27
  2. White (Hispanic)
    7.76k ± 862
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.27k ± 336
13.7%
Hispanic Population
11.1k people

In 2018, there were 8.23 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (63.9k people) in Polk County, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.76k White (Hispanic) and 2.27k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.7% of the people in Polk County, OR are hispanic (11.1k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Polk County, OR as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.03%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
6.54k people
8.23%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
6.56k people

As of 2018, 8.03% of Polk County, OR residents (6.54k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Polk County, OR was 8.23%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.1

In 2018, the median age of all people in Polk County, OR was 37.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Polk County, OR are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Polk County, OR residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    141,075 ± 9,063 people
  2. China
    22,741 ± 3,692 people
  3. Vietnam
    22,210 ± 3,649 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oregon was Mexico, the natal country of 141,075 Oregon residents, followed by China with 22,741 and Vietnam with 22,210.

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Citizenship

95%
2018 Citizenship
94.9%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95% of Polk County, OR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County, OR was 94.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,132 ± 263
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    773 ± 231
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    709 ± 187

Polk County, OR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.76 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Polk County, OR is $58,344. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Polk County, OR was Census Tract 53 with a value of $80,298, followed by Census Tract 205 and Census Tract 52.01, with respective values of $77,895 and $73,002.

Males in Oregon have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,010. The income inequality in Oregon (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Polk County, OR employs 35.9k people. The largest industries in Polk County, OR are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,700 people), Educational Services (4,036 people), and Public Administration (3,833 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($72,969), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($64,135), and Public Administration ($61,598).

Wages

Median Household Income

$58,344
2018 value
± $2,074
4.13%
1 Year Growth
± 5.36%

Households in Polk County, OR have a median annual income of $58,344, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,032 in 2017, which represents a 4.13% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$66,971
Average Male Salary in Oregon
± $1,748
$52,010
Average Female Salary in Oregon
± $1,441

In 2019, full-time male employees in Oregon made 1.29 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Oregon by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Oregon
  1. Asian
    $60,218 ± $5,230
  2. White
    $52,171 ± $1,101
  3. Black
    $42,634 ± $7,094

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Oregon workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Oregon.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Polk County, OR is from Oregon.
0.465
2019 Wage GINI in Oregon
0.468
2018 Wage GINI in Oregon

In 2019, the income inequality in Oregon was 0.465 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.664% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Oregon was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 53
  2. Census Tract 205
  3. Census Tract 52.01

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Polk County, OR was Census Tract 53 with a value of $80,298, followed by Census Tract 205 and Census Tract 52.01, with respective values of $77,895 and $73,002.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County, OR (11.2k out of 79.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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
    9,402 ± 723
  2. Hispanic
    1,901 ± 344
  3. Two Or More
    612 ± 164

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Polk County, OR is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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

35.9k
2018 Value
± 1,433
3.1%
1 Year growth
± 5.45%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Polk County, OR grew at a rate of 3.1%, from 34.8k employees to 35.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County, OR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,501 people), Management Occupations (3,406 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,221 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County, OR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Polk County, OR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,501 people), Management Occupations (3,406 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,221 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Polk County, OR has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.36 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.83 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.6 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Polk County, OR, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($86,570), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($78,529), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($75,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

35.9k
2018 Value
± 1,433
3.1%
1 Year growth
± 5.45%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Polk County, OR grew at a rate of 3.1%, from 34.8k employees to 35.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County, OR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,700 people), Educational Services (4,036 people), and Public Administration (3,833 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Polk County, OR, though some of these residents may live in Polk 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 Polk County, OR, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,700 people), Educational Services (4,036 people), and Public Administration (3,833 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Polk County, OR has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.67 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.3 times), and Educational Services (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Polk County, OR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($72,969), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($64,135), and Public Administration ($61,598).

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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 in Oregon
$201B
Projected 2045 Value in Oregon
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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Education

In 2019, universities in Polk County, OR awarded 1,505 degrees. The student population of Polk County, OR is skewed towards women, with 1,751 male students and 3,178 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Polk County, OR are White (960 and 71.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (178 and 13.3%), Unknown (65 and 4.84%), and Asian (47 and 3.5%).

The largest universities in Polk County, OR by number of degrees awarded are Western Oregon University (1,505 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Polk County, OR are Teacher Education (152 and 10.1%), General Business (136 and 9.04%), and General Education (132 and 8.77%).

The median tuition costs in Polk County, OR are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,920 and $25,830 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 136 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 132 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 115 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Polk County, OR was General Business with 136 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,505 degrees awarded
$7,920
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the Polk County, OR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Oregon University with 1,505 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

581
Degrees Awarded to Men
924
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 581 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Polk County, OR, which is 0.629 times less than the 924 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Polk County, OR by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    960 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    178 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    65 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Polk County, OR was White students. These 960 degrees mean that there were 5.39 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 178 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, OR was $242,600 in 2018, which is 1.06 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $224,700 to $242,600, a 7.97% increase. The homeownership rate in Polk County, OR is 65.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Polk County, OR have an average commute time of 23.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Polk County, OR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$242,600
2018 Median
± $5,171
$224,700
2017 Median
± $4,380

In 2018, the median property value in Polk County, OR grew to to $242,600 from the previous year's value of $224,700.

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

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Household Income

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$58,344
Median Household Income
± $2,074
29.7k
Number of Households
± 1,153

In 2018, the median household income of the 29.7k households in Polk County, OR grew to $58,344 from the previous year's value of $56,032.

The following chart displays the households in Polk 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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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

65.4%
2018 Homeownership
64.6%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 65.4% of the housing units in Polk County, OR 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 Polk County, OR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County, OR have a shorter commute time (23.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 2.47% of the workforce in Polk County, OR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (77.1%)
  2. Carpooled (10.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.18%)

In 2018, 77.1% of workers in Polk County, OR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.4%) and those who worked at home (7.18%).

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

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Health

93.7% of the population of Polk County, OR has health coverage, with 48.5% on employee plans, 16.9% on Medicaid, 13.2% on Medicare, 14% on non-group plans, and 1.15% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Polk County, OR see 1813 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.96% increase from the previous year (1744 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2391 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 338 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.3%). Additionally, Malheur County and Union County have the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,813 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Polk County, OR

Primary care physicians in Polk County, OR see an average of 1,813 patients per year. This represents a 3.96% increase from the previous year (1,744 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Oregon.
$8,044
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Oregon
$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

6.3%
Uninsured
48.5%
Employer Coverage
16.9%
Medicaid
13.2%
Medicare
14%
Non-Group
1.15%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County, OR declined by 22.7% from 8.16% to 6.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Polk 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. 18.3% prevalence
  2. 14.8% prevalence
  3. 14.7% prevalence

Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Oregon, at 18.3%.

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

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