Whitman County, WA

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Population

47,794

0.632% growth

Median Age

24.5


Median Household Income

$41,574

7.6% growth

Poverty Rate

27.5%


Number of Employees

22,218

1.76% growth

Median Property Value

$199,400

6.01% growth

About

In 2017, Whitman County, WA had a population of 47.8k people with a median age of 24.5 and a median household income of $41,574. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Whitman County, WA grew from 47,494 to 47,794, a 0.632% increase and its median household income grew from $38,636 to $41,574, a 7.6% increase.

The population of Whitman County, WA is 79.5% White Alone, 7.91% Asian Alone, and 5.93% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Whitman County, WA speak a non-English language, and 92.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Whitman County, WA are Washington State University (7,501 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Whitman County, WA is $199,400, and the homeownership rate is 44.5%. Most people in Whitman County, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Whitman County, WA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Whitman County, WA employs 22.2k people. The largest industries in Whitman County, WA are Educational Services (7,425 people), Retail Trade (2,004 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,964 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($71,750), Public Administration ($50,521), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($42,230).

Median household income in Whitman County, WA is $41,574. Males in Whitman County, 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 Whitman County, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,574

2017 value

± $2,048

7.6%

1 Year Growth

± 6.77%

Households in Whitman County, WA have a median annual income of $41,574, 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 $38,636 in 2016, which represents a 7.6% 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 Washington made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Washington 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

  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 Washington 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 Whitman County, 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 3

  2. Census Tract 7

  3. Census Tract 10

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Whitman County, WA was Census Tract 3 with a value of $73,790, followed by Census Tract 7 and Census Tract 10, with respective values of $58,536 and $57,259.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

27.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Whitman County, WA (11.2k out of 40.8k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    9,177 ± 556

  2. Asian

    983 ± 236

  3. Hispanic

    714 ± 201

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Whitman County, WA is White, followed by Asian and Hispanic.

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

22.2k

2017 Value

± 956

1.76%

1 Year growth

± 5.98%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Whitman County, WA grew at a rate of 1.76%, from 21.8k employees to 22.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Whitman County, WA, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (3,135 people), Management Occupations (2,570 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,426 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Whitman County, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Whitman County, WA, by number of employees, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (3,135 people), Management Occupations (2,570 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,426 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Whitman County, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (4.87 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.23 times), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2.33 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Whitman County, WA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($74,125), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($61,250), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($57,917).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22.2k

2017 Value

± 956

1.76%

1 Year growth

± 5.98%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Whitman County, WA grew at a rate of 1.76%, from 21.8k employees to 22.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Whitman County, WA, are Educational Services (7,425 people), Retail Trade (2,004 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,964 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Whitman County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Whitman County, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Whitman County, WA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (7,425 people), Retail Trade (2,004 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,964 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Whitman County, WA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.25 times higher than expected), Educational Services (3.61 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Whitman County, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($71,750), Public Administration ($50,521), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($42,230).

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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 ($37.2B) and Gasoline ($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

94.1% of the population of Whitman County, WA has health coverage, with 57% on employee plans, 12.3% on Medicaid, 7.5% on Medicare, 15.8% on non-group plans, and 1.47% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Whitman County, WA see 1661 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.93% increase from the previous year (1511 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3489 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 688 patients per year.

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

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,661 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Whitman County, WA see an average of 1,661 patients per year. This represents a 9.93% increase from the previous year (1,511 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Whitman County, WA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

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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

5.9%

Uninsured

57%

Employer Coverage

12.3%

Medicaid

7.5%

Medicare

15.8%

Non-Group

1.47%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Whitman County, WA declined by 19.8% from 7.35% to 5.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Whitman County, WA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14% prevalence

  2. 13.6% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

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

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

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Diversity

Whitman County, WA is home to a population of 47.8k people, from which 92.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.4% of Whitman County, WA residents were born outside of the country (4.95k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Whitman County, WA is composed of 38k White Alone residents (79.5%), 3.78k Asian Alone residents (7.91%), 2.84k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.93%), 1.94k Two or More Races residents (4.05%), 950 Black or African American Alone residents (1.99%), 199 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.416%), 64 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.134%), and 19 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0398%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Whitman County, WA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

24

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

28

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Whitman County, WA was 24.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 24, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 28. But people in Whitman County, WA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Whitman County, WA residents was 24.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.4%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.95k people

9.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.7k people

As of 2017, 10.4% of Whitman County, WA residents (4.95k 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 Whitman County, WA was 9.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 237,445 Washington residents, followed by Philippines with 67,799 and India with 67,429.

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Citizenship

92.4%

2017 Citizenship

92.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.4% of Whitman County, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Whitman County, WA was 92.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    38k ± 20

  2. Asian Alone

    3.78k ± 271

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2.84k ± 337

In 2017, there were 10.1 times more White Alone residents (38k people) in Whitman County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.78k Asian Alone and 2.84k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

    787 ± 139

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    472 ± 146

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    189 ± 93

Whitman County, 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 Whitman County, WA awarded 7,501 degrees. The student population of Whitman County, WA is skewed towards women, with 14,452 male students and 15,690 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Whitman County, WA are White (4,787 and 69%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (744 and 10.7%), Two or More Races (436 and 6.28%), and Asian (383 and 5.52%).

The largest universities in Whitman County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Washington State University (7,501 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Whitman County, WA are Registered Nursing (437 and 5.83%), General Social Sciences (412 and 5.49%), and General Psychology (379 and 5.05%).

The median tuition costs in Whitman County, WA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $9,324 and $23,956 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 359 degrees awarded

  2. 412 degrees awarded

  3. 386 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Whitman County, WA was General Psychology with 359 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

7,501 degrees awarded

$9,324

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Whitman County, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Washington State University with 7,501 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,283

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,218

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,283 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Whitman County, WA, which is 0.778 times less than the 4,218 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

    4,787 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    744 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    436 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Whitman County, WA were to White students. These 4,787 degrees mean that there were 6.43 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 744 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Whitman County, WA was $199,400 in 2017, which is 0.916 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $188,100 to $199,400, a 6.01% increase. The homeownership rate in Whitman County, WA is 44.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Whitman County, WA have an average commute time of 14.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Whitman County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$41,574

Median Household Income

± $2,048

17.7k

Number of Households

± 795

In 2017, the median household income of the 17.7k households in Whitman County, WA grew to $41,574 from the previous year's value of $38,636.

The following chart displays the households in Whitman County, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$199,400

2017 Median

± $8,692

$188,100

2016 Median

± $8,957

In 2017, the median property value in Whitman County, WA grew to to $199,400 from the previous year's value of $188,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Whitman County, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Whitman County, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

44.5%

2017 Homeownership

44.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 44.5% of the housing units in Whitman County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 44.6%.

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

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Commute Time

14.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Whitman County, WA have a shorter commute time (14.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.879% of the workforce in Whitman County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    59.6%

  2. Walked

    15.7%

  3. Carpooled

    12.8%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Whitman County, WA was Drove Alone (59.6%), followed by those who Walked (15.7%) and those who Carpooled (12.8%).

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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