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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 $40,233 per person in 2013, which is $3,330 more per person than in 2003 after adjusting for inflation. In addition to wages, personal income includes proprietors’ income, income from dividends, interest, rent and transfer receipts.


The national per capita personal income out performed Oregon over the decade, increasing by $4,540 over the same period and reaching $44,543 in 2013. Oregon’s per capita personal income is just 90 percent of the nation’s and ranks 33rd among the states and Washington, D.C.


Despite average incomes being lower than the nation as a whole, Oregon’s poverty rate is somewhat less than average. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 14.1 percent of Oregon residents lived in families with incomes below the poverty threshold during 2010-2012. The U.S. poverty rate was 15 percent. Oregon’s poverty rate is ranked about 25th in the nation.

 

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