Wheeler County, OR

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2022 Population
1,407
4.74% 1-year decline
US Senator
Ron Wyden
Democratic Party
US Senator
Jeff Merkley
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
56.1
8.09% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
9.86%
29.4% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$50,774
8.84% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$194,900
3.34% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Wheeler County, OR had a population of 1.41k people with a median age of 56.1 and a median household income of $50,774. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Wheeler County, OR declined from 1,477 to 1,407, a −4.74% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,648 to $50,774, a 8.84% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wheeler County, OR are White (Non-Hispanic) (86.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.18%), White (Hispanic) (2.77%), Other (Hispanic) (2.27%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.853%).

None of the households in Wheeler County, OR reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.6% of the residents in Wheeler County, OR are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Wheeler County, OR was $194,900, and the homeownership rate was 69.1%.

Most people in Wheeler County, OR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Wheeler County, OR was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Wheeler County, OR is home to a population of 1.41k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.06% of Wheeler County, OR residents were born outside of the country (43 people).

In 2022, there were 13.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.21k people) in Wheeler County, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 87 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 39 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.6%
2022 Citizenship
96%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.6% of Wheeler County, OR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Wheeler County, OR was 96%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Wheeler County, OR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.21k ± 136
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    87 ± 31.1
  3. White (Hispanic)
    39 ± 28
6.11%
Hispanic Population
86 people

In 2022, there were 13.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.21k people) in Wheeler County, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 87 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 39 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.11% of the people in Wheeler County, OR are hispanic (86 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

3.06%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
43 people
4.67%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
69 people

As of 2022, 3.06% of Wheeler County, OR residents (43 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Wheeler County, OR was 4.67%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    92 ± 36
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    13 ± 18
  3. Korea
    8 ± 9

Wheeler County, OR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 7.08 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Wheeler County, OR employs 493 people. The largest industries in Wheeler County, OR are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (76 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (76 people), and Public Administration (72 people), and the highest paying industries are Health Care & Social Assistance ($68,357), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,250), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($51,094).

Occupations

493
2022 Value
± 103
−7.33%
1 Year decline
± 30.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wheeler County, OR declined at a rate of −7.33%, from 532 employees to 493 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wheeler County, OR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (75 people), Management Occupations (64 people), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (50 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wheeler County, OR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

493
2022 Value
± 103
−7.33%
1 Year decline
± 30.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wheeler County, OR declined at a rate of −7.33%, from 532 employees to 493 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wheeler County, OR, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (76 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (76 people), and Public Administration (72 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wheeler County, OR, though some of these residents may live in Wheeler County, OR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$34,779
Median earning men ± $8,493
$33,750
Median earning women ± $7,644

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($52,344), Construction ($45,909), and Public Administration ($39,583).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($47,083), Public Administration ($41,042), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($37,083).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.87%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.97M people employed in Oregon. This represents a 2.87% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.1%.

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

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 27
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 8
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services
  3. 8
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Wheeler County, OR went to Donald J. Trump with 73.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (22.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.59%).

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 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

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.

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US Representatives from Oregon

Oregon is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.928% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.891% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (868k), High School or Equivalent (807k), and Bachelors Degree (693k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wheeler County, OR was $194,900 in 2022, which is 0.691 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $188,600 to $194,900, a 3.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Wheeler County, OR is 69.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Wheeler County, OR have an average commute time of 21.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Wheeler County, OR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$194,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$30,665
$431
Median Property Taxes
±$75

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wheeler County, OR the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Wheeler County, OR compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

69.1%
Homeownership
2022
62%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.1% of the housing units in Wheeler County, OR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 71.4%.

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Income by Location

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Census Tract 9601
Highest Median Household Income (Total)

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Household Income

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$50,774
Median Household Income
± $4,237
624
Number of Households
± 90

In 2022, the median household income of the 624 households in Wheeler County, OR grew to $50,774 from the previous year's value of $46,648.

The following chart displays the households in Wheeler 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 $10k - $15k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wheeler County, OR is from Oregon.
0.463
2022 Wage GINI in Oregon
0.462
2021 Wage GINI in Oregon

In 2022, the income inequality in Oregon was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.21% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (60.5%)
  2. Worked At Home (14.9%)
  3. Carpooled (13.6%)

In 2022, 60.5% of workers in Wheeler County, OR drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (14.9%) and those who carpooled to work (13.6%).

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Commute Time

21.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wheeler County, OR have a shorter commute time (21.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.1% of the workforce in Wheeler County, OR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

9.86% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wheeler County, OR (137 out of 1.39k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 65 - 74, followed by Females 65 - 74 and then Males 35 - 44.

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

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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Health

96.5% of the population of Wheeler County, OR has health coverage, with 27.2% on employee plans, 28.5% on Medicaid, 23.1% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 5.69% on military or VA plans.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.1% were men and 48.9% were women.

Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 17.5% under 18 years, 13.3% between 18 and 34 years, 34% between 35 and 64 years, and 35.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.1% were men and 48.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.48%
Uninsured
27.2%
Employer Coverage
28.5%
Medicaid
23.1%
Medicare
12%
Non-Group
5.69%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wheeler County, OR declined by 38.8% from 5.69% to 3.48%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 33.3% in Wheeler County, OR.

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