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Oregon's Economy: Income

Lightning strikes over the Three Sisters. (Photo courtesy Craig M. May)

Lightning strikes over the Three Sisters. (Photo courtesy Craig M. May)

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Per capita personal income, a broader measure of the income all Oregonians receive from all sources, was $37,909 per person in 2011, which is $1,527 more per person than in 2001 after adjusting for inflation. In addition to wages, personal income includes proprietors’ income, income from dividends, interest, and rent, and transfer receipts.

 

The national per capita personal income outperformed Oregon over the decade, increasing by $2,909 over the same period and reaching $41,663 in 2011. Oregon’s per capita personal income is just 91 percent of the nation’s and ranks 33rd among the states and Washington, D.C.
Despite lower average incomes than the nation as a whole, Oregon’s poverty rate is better than average.

 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.7 percent of Oregon residents lived in families with incomes below the poverty threshold during 2008-2010. The U.S. poverty rate was higher at 14.2 percent. Oregon ranked roughly 30th among the states with the lowest percentage of people living in poverty.

 

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