Walla Walla, WA

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Population

32,585

1.98% growth

Median Age

35.2


Median Household Income

$46,650

11.6% growth

Poverty Rate

18.7%


Number of Employees

13,479

4.76% growth

Median Property Value

$178,800

3.23% growth

About

In 2017, Walla Walla, WA had a population of 32.6k people with a median age of 35.2 and a median household income of $46,650. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Walla Walla, WA grew from 31,952 to 32,585, a 1.98% increase and its median household income grew from $41,817 to $46,650, a 11.6% increase.

The population of Walla Walla, WA is 66.5% White Alone, 24.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.95% Two or More Races. 22.4% of the people in Walla Walla, WA speak a non-English language, and 91.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Walla Walla, WA are Walla Walla Community College (1,923 degrees awarded in 2016) and Whitman College (406 degrees).

The median property value in Walla Walla, WA is $178,800, and the homeownership rate is 57.9%. Most people in Walla Walla, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Walla Walla, WA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Walla Walla, WA employs 13.5k people. The largest industries in Walla Walla, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,326 people), Educational Services (2,029 people), and Retail Trade (1,386 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($76,667), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,625), and Construction ($56,157).

Median household income in Walla Walla, WA is $46,650. Males in Walla Walla, WA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,882. The income inequality in Walla Walla, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$46,650

2017 value

± $1,965

11.6%

1 Year Growth

± 6.49%

Households in Walla Walla, WA have a median annual income of $46,650, 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 $41,817 in 2016, which represents a 11.6% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$73,040

Average Male Salary

± $1,385

$53,882

Average Female Salary

± $1,130

In 2017, full-time male employees in Walla Walla, WA made 1.36 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

    $65,555 ± $3,156

  2. White

    $57,225 ± $943

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,049 ± $3,328

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Walla Walla, WA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 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 Walla Walla, WA is from Washington.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.467

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Washington was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.104% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9209

  2. Census Tract 9202

  3. Census Tract 9207.02

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Walla Walla, WA was Census Tract 9209 with a value of $69,021, followed by Census Tract 9202 and Census Tract 9207.02, with respective values of $62,685 and $56,935.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Walla Walla, WA (5.31k out of 28.4k 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 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

    4,444 ± 493

  2. Hispanic

    1,422 ± 284

  3. Other

    388 ± 186

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Walla Walla, 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

13.5k

2017 Value

± 800

4.76%

1 Year growth

± 8.23%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Walla Walla, WA grew at a rate of 4.76%, from 12.9k employees to 13.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Walla Walla, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,611 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,249 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1,157 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Walla Walla, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Walla Walla, WA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,611 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,249 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1,157 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Walla Walla, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.64 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.88 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.77 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Walla Walla, WA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,488), Management Occupations ($56,944), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($56,028).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.5k

2017 Value

± 800

4.76%

1 Year growth

± 8.23%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Walla Walla, WA grew at a rate of 4.76%, from 12.9k employees to 13.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Walla Walla, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,326 people), Educational Services (2,029 people), and Retail Trade (1,386 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Walla Walla, WA, though some of these residents may live in Walla Walla, 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 Walla Walla, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,326 people), Educational Services (2,029 people), and Retail Trade (1,386 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Walla Walla, WA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.33 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.06 times), and Educational Services (1.62 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Walla Walla, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($76,667), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,625), and Construction ($56,157).

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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. $38.6B

  2. $37.2B

  3. $28.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $38.6B, followed by Mixed freight with $37.2B and Gasoline and $28.3B.

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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$296B

2015 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

50.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Washington trade was $296B. This is expected to increase 50.1% 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. $26.3B

  2. $14.2B

  3. $9.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $26.3B, followed by California with $14.2B and Tennessee and $9.45B.

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

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Health

89.8% of the population of Walla Walla, WA has health coverage, with 39.1% on employee plans, 20.2% on Medicaid, 11.2% on Medicare, 16.5% on non-group plans, and 2.9% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Walla Walla, WA see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.839% increase from the previous year (1192 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1254 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 335 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

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1,202 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Washington see an average of 1,202 patients per year. This represents a 0.839% increase from the previous year (1,192 patients).

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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%).

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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

10.2%

Uninsured

39.1%

Employer Coverage

20.2%

Medicaid

11.2%

Medicare

16.5%

Non-Group

2.9%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Walla Walla, WA declined by 19% from 12.6% to 10.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Walla Walla, 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%.

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Diversity

Walla Walla, WA is home to a population of 32.6k people, from which 91.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 11.2% of Walla Walla, WA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Walla Walla, WA is composed of 21.7k White Alone residents (66.5%), 8.02k Hispanic or Latino residents (24.6%), 1.29k Two or More Races residents (3.95%), 699 Asian Alone residents (2.15%), 661 Black or African American Alone residents (2.03%), 179 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.549%), 46 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.141%), and 19 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0583%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Walla Walla, WA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (5,714 speakers), Chinese (273 speakers), and Russian (107 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.9

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Walla Walla, WA was 35.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Walla Walla, WA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Walla Walla, WA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

11.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

11.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 11.2% of Walla Walla, WA residents 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 Walla Walla, WA was 11.4%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,445 ± 11,764 people

  2. Philippines

    67,799 ± 6,362 people

  3. India

    67,429 ± 6,345 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Walla Walla, WA was Mexico, the natal country of 237,445 Walla Walla, WA residents, followed by Philippines with 67,799 and India with 67,429.

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Citizenship

91.9%

2017 Citizenship

91.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 91.9% of Walla Walla, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Walla Walla, WA was 91.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    21.7k ± 564

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    8.02k ± 848

  3. Two or More Races

    1.29k ± 188

In 2017, there were 2.7 times more White Alone residents (21.7k people) in Walla Walla, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.02k Hispanic or Latino and 1.29k 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 Walla Walla, WA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    5,714 speakers (18.8%)

  2. Chinese

    273 speakers (0.898%)

  3. Russian

    107 speakers (0.352%)

22.4% of Walla Walla, WA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Walla Walla, WA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 18.8% of the overall population of Walla Walla, WA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.898% speak Chinese and 0.352% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    853 ± 201

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    511 ± 168

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    346 ± 130

Walla Walla, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.67 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Walla Walla, WA awarded 2,329 degrees. The student population of Walla Walla, WA is skewed towards men, with 3,098 male students and 2,722 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Walla Walla, WA are White (1,601 and 69.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (318 and 13.7%), Unknown (131 and 5.66%), and Two or More Races (98 and 4.24%).

The largest universities in Walla Walla, WA by number of degrees awarded are Walla Walla Community College (1,923 and 82.6%) and Whitman College (406 and 17.4%).

The most popular majors in Walla Walla, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (367 and 15.8%), Welding Technology (153 and 6.57%), and Registered Nursing (117 and 5.02%).

The median tuition costs in Walla Walla, WA are $47,490 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

Most Common

  1. 117 degrees awarded

  2. 29 degrees awarded

  3. 367 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Walla Walla, WA was Registered Nursing with 117 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,923 degrees awarded

  2. 406 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$47,490

Median Private

In 2016, the Walla Walla, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Walla Walla Community College with 1,923 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,290

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,039

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,290 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Walla Walla, WA, which is 1.24 times more than the 1,039 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

    1,601 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    318 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    131 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Walla Walla, WA were to White students. These 1,601 degrees mean that there were 5.03 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 318 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Walla Walla, WA was $178,800 in 2017, which is 0.822 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $173,200 to $178,800, a 3.23% increase. The homeownership rate in Walla Walla, WA is 57.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Walla Walla, WA have an average commute time of 14.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Walla Walla, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$46,650

Median Household Income

± $1,965

12.1k

Number of Households

± 738

In 2017, the median household income of the 12.1k households in Walla Walla, WA grew to $46,650 from the previous year's value of $41,817.

The following chart displays the households in Walla Walla, 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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Housing

Property Value

$178,800

2017 Median

± $7,418

$173,200

2016 Median

± $6,630

In 2017, the median property value in Walla Walla, WA grew to to $178,800 from the previous year's value of $173,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Walla Walla, 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 Walla Walla, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Walla Walla, WA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Walla Walla, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

57.9%

2017 Homeownership

57.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.9% of the housing units in Walla Walla, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 57.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Walla Walla, WA 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 Walla Walla, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Walla Walla, WA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

14.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Walla Walla, WA have a shorter commute time (14.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.827% of the workforce in Walla Walla, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    67.7%

  2. Carpooled

    15.1%

  3. Walked

    9.1%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Walla Walla, WA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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