Population Estimate: 85,672
Civilian Workforce: 44,319 (approx.)
Growth: All counties in the
region are growing,
with the exception of
which has seen a
slight decline in
While there are individual differences between the characteristics of communities within the five counties, regionally some of the primary data points include:
The region’s population lacks diversity, with 92% of the population in the five county area
identifying their race as white-alone.
There is a growing Hispanic/Latino
population, composing 18.7% of the five county population. Hood River County data shows the Hispanic/Latino population at 32%.
Broadband access in homes has been steadily increasing, ranging from over 74% in Sherman and Wasco counties to 83% in Hood River County.
Mean Travel Time to Work: ranges from an average of 17 minutes in Hood River and Wasco counties to 30 minutes in Skamania County.
The region’s population is aging. As of 2018, 20% of the population
was 65+. It is projected
to grow significantly in
the coming years.
The region has a higher percentage of veterans (8%) than the averages for the US (6%), Oregon (7%), and Washington (7%).
Educational Attainment (%)
Income disparities remain a significant issue for economic prosperity. The poverty rate has declined, with the regional poverty
rate at 12%.
- Number of housing
units in 2017: 38,202;
70% of which are
- Built before 1940: 15%
- Units constructed
since 2014: 271
counties remain a
The unemployment rate is trending down from 5.0% in December 2018 to 3.8% in December 2019. The 12 month average is 4.6%.
Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment has
slightly decreased in the last year, from 32,195 in December 2018 to 32,005
in December 2019.
Major Industries By Jobs
The regional industry mix is shifting, with top employment categories in 2018 by Jobs:
When sorting by payroll, the categories are similar, but the distribution shifts (2018 data).
In 2018, over 65% of jobs in the region earned less than $3,000/month (~$18/hr),
representing the largest share of the job market.
Wages and Income
Wages and Income Average 2018 per capita
personal income for the region was $49,407 (vs the US at $54,446).
Median Household Income ($)