Lake County, Oregon (OR)

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County population in 2012: 7,771 (37% urban, 63% rural); it was 7,422 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,136
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,166
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,123
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,076 (it was 961 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

38%

Land area: 8136 sq. mi.

Water area: 222.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 1 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Lake County: 87.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (48.3%), Construction (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 36%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 51%
  • Unpaid family work: 4%
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Races in Lake County, Oregon:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (87.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (6.9%)
  • Two or more races (3.0%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.9%)
  • Asian alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  47.0 years
Oregon median age:  38.0 years
Males: 4,163  (47.1%)
Females: 3,732  (52.9%)
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Lake County,OR real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Lake County:

2.0 people
Oregon:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $33,625 ($29,506 in 1999)

This county:

$33625
Oregon:

$50251

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $436 (lower quartile is $299, upper quartile is $532)
This county:

$436
State:

$769


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $139,075 (it was $65,800 in 2000)
Lake:

$139,075
Oregon:

$229,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $76,687 - $237,852
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,017
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $328

Institutionalized population: 430

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Lake County, OR map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 16 buildings, average cost: $126,300
  • 2001: 21 buildings, average cost: $130,400
  • 2002: 18 buildings, average cost: $120,100
  • 2003: 15 buildings, average cost: $122,400
  • 2004: 19 buildings, average cost: $63,300
  • 2007: 31 buildings, average cost: $236,800
  • 2008: 16 buildings, average cost: $224,600
  • 2009: 10 buildings, average cost: $227,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

2000 2004 2008 2012

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,270 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,113 (1.0%)

Lake County household income distribution in 2009 Lake County home values distribution Lake County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.1%
(19.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 63.8% for Black residents, 16.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 80.4% for American Indian residents, 14.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 17.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.7%
Lake County:

20.7%
Oregon:

16.7%
(20.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 56.3% for Black residents, 15.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 89.2% for American Indian residents, 14.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 17.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 48 years old
(Males: 48 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 27 years old, Asian residents: 42 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 51 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lake County is $429 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $540 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $746 a month.

Cities in this county include: Lakeview, Silver Lake-Fort Rock, Summer Lake, Warner Valley, Paisley, Silver Lake, Plush.

Lake County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2005 air pollution in Lake County:

Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 20 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 80 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Lake County: ZX Ranch (A), ZX Ranch Red House (B), Mendell Ranch (C), Kings Cabin (D), McDonald Camp (E), Maxwell Ranch (F), Jones Well Guard Station (G), M C Ranch (H), Lucky Camp (I), Willow Creek Guard Station (J), Warner Canyon Ski Area (K), New Idaho (L), Loveless Homestead (M), Irishmans Campground (N), Schuster Place (O), Linebaugh Ranch (P), Lee Thomas Recreation Site (Q), Howard Ranch (R), Lapham Ranch (S), Lane Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Sunset Cemetery (1), Summer Lake Cemetery (2), Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery (3), Fort Rock Cemetery (4), West Side Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Frog Ponds (A), Greaser Lake (B), Heart Lake (C), High Rim Waterhole (D), Hitching Post Water Hole (E), Horsehead Lake (F), Halfway Lake (G), Jack Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Witham Creek (A), Withers Creek (B), Wooley Creek (C), Worlow Creek (D), La Sere Creek (E), King Creek (F), Kelley Creek (G), Murdock Creek (H), Duke Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Lake County include: Langslet Monument Rest Area (1), Abert Rim Viewpoint (2), Summer Lake State Wildlife Area (3), Booth State Park (4), Cabin Lake Wildlife Area (5), Fort Rock State Park (6), Drews Reservoir County Park (7), Mitchell Monument (8), Mitchell Recreation Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Deschutes County , Harney County , Washoe County, Nevada , Klamath County , Modoc County, California .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.3%
Oregon:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 101
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 250 (38% naturalized citizens)

Lake County:

3.4%
Whole state:

8.5%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 56
  • 1990 to 1994: 51
  • 1985 to 1989: 40
  • 1980 to 1984: 15
  • 1975 to 1979: 10
  • 1970 to 1974: 14
  • 1970 to 1974: 12
  • 1965 to 1969: 52

Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 94.3%

Lake County marital status for males Lake County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Lake County with a mortgage: 585 (54 second mortgage, 46 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 478

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

74.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Lake County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant59714
Catholic5485
Other4173
Mainline Protestant1834
None6,150-
Lake County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Lake County:

4.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
Lake County:

4.14 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
This county:

12.42 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Lake County:

8.7%
Oregon:

7.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Lake County:

24.5%
State:

25.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.0%
State:

14.2%

Agriculture in Lake County:

Average size of farms: 1619 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $123,350
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $174.50
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 52.72%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $110,256
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 20.65%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 92.49%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $136,503
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.47%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.46

Earthquake activity:

Lake County-area historical earthquake activity is above Oregon state average. It is 450% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 220.8 miles away from Lake County center
On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK) earthquake occurred 350.1 miles away from the county center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 292.2 miles away from the county center
On 11/8/1980 at 10:27:34, a magnitude 7.2 (6.2 MB, 7.2 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.0 ML) earthquake occurred 221.4 miles away from the county center
On 4/25/1992 at 18:06:04, a magnitude 7.2 (6.3 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.1 MW, Depth: 9.4 mi) earthquake occurred 243.7 miles away from Lake County center, causing $75,000,000 total damage
On 8/17/1991 at 22:17:14, a magnitude 7.1 (6.2 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.1 MW, 6.8 ML, Depth: 8.4 mi) earthquake occurred 265.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Lake County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (50%)
  • Korea (14%)
  • United Kingdom (7%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Ireland (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Lake County (%):

  • Irish (14%)
  • United States or American (14%)
  • German (14%)
  • English (12%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)
  • Scottish (3%)
  • Norwegian (3%)

Lake County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,066 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 422 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 13 (0%)
  • Walked: 287 (10%)
  • Other means: 23 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 182 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Lake County, Oregon in 2000:

  • 35 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 7 people in other group homes
  • 6 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 5 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 2 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse

People in group quarters in Lake County, Oregon in 2010:

  • 394 people in state prisons
  • 23 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 22 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 13 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 2 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $39,911.

8.49% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,563 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.49%
Oregon average:

7.22%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.43% relocated from other counties in Oregon ($16,793 average AGI)
4.05% relocated from other states ($16,770 average AGI)
Lake County:

4.05%
Oregon average:

3.49%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Deschutes County, OR  0.92% ($36,042 average AGI)
from Klamath County, OR  0.92% ($32,750)


7.25% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,385 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.25%
Oregon average:

6.82%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.11% relocated to other counties in Oregon ($17,123 average AGI)
3.14% relocated to other states ($21,257 average AGI)
Lake County:

3.14%
Oregon average:

3.06%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Deschutes County, OR  0.77% ($32,400 average AGI)
to Jackson County, OR  0.39% ($48,800)
to Klamath County, OR  0.39% ($24,100)
to Lane County, OR  0.39% ($19,000)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.8

Births per 1000 population in Lake County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Lake County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 14.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lake County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,634 (1,412 aged, 222 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 13.55
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9577.350
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 921.160
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 33568.14

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 752.090
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1175.990
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 13.67

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 55.93
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 109.390

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13.67
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,441

Size of family households: 1,255 2-persons, 391 3-persons, 300 4-persons, 133 5-persons, 46 6-persons, 23 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,059 1-person, 153 2-persons, 11 3-persons, 3 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

1,298 married couples with children.
402 single-parent households (119 men, 283 women).

95.2% of residents of Lake County speak English at home.
3.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (36% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 36% speak English not well, 13% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (48% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 30% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (63% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $60,665,000 ($8218 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,026,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $26,467,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $8,904,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $345,000
Federal grants: $5,280,000
Federal procurement contracts: $6,217,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $13,452,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $438,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $938,000
Federal Government insurance: $4,634,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 380
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 426
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +47
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+20 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -95
Here -13 per 1000 residents
State +21 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lake County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.18 millions of gallons per day (85% from ground, 15% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 49
  • 2000 to 2004: 534
  • 1990 to 1999: 419
  • 1980 to 1989: 297
  • 1970 to 1979: 967
  • 1960 to 1969: 604
  • 1950 to 1959: 710
  • 1940 to 1949: 209
  • 1939 or earlier: 633
Rooms in houses/apartments in Lake County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 31
  • 2 rooms: 62
  • 3 rooms: 108
  • 4 rooms: 327
  • 5 rooms: 543
  • 6 rooms: 437
  • 7 rooms: 311
  • 8 rooms: 175
  • 9+ rooms: 129
  • 1 room: 25
  • 2 rooms: 75
  • 3 rooms: 89
  • 4 rooms: 229
  • 5 rooms: 257
  • 6 rooms: 135
  • 7 rooms: 85
  • 8 rooms: 45
  • 9+ rooms: 21
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lake County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 37
  • 1 bedroom: 199
  • 2 bedrooms: 576
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,005
  • 4 bedrooms: 243
  • 5+ bedrooms: 63
  • no bedroom: 31
  • 1 bedroom: 156
  • 2 bedrooms: 320
  • 3 bedrooms: 365
  • 4 bedrooms: 68
  • 5+ bedrooms: 21
Cars and other vehicles available in Lake County, Oregon in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 60
  • 1 vehicle: 515
  • 2 vehicles: 960
  • 3 vehicles: 406
  • 4 vehicles: 132
  • 5+ vehicles: 50
  • no vehicle: 132
  • 1 vehicle: 430
  • 2 vehicles: 262
  • 3 vehicles: 99
  • 4 vehicles: 25
  • 5+ vehicles: 13

55% of Lake County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 43% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Oregon.

Lake County:

55.5%
State average:

48.0%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $44,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lake County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (42.2%)
  • Electricity (24.1%)
  • Wood (22.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10.0%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)
  • Electricity (40.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (28.8%)
  • Wood (24.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.0%)
  • Other fuel (2.2%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 33
Here:

3.8%
Oregon:

9.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 18
Here:

3.5%
Oregon:

7.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 16
Here:

17.2%
Oregon:

16.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Lake County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Lake County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Lake County, OR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John4376.4 years
Mary4281.7 years
William4076.1 years
James3674.4 years
Robert3574.1 years
George2778.6 years
Frank2675.6 years
Charles2272.6 years
Donald1973.4 years
Clarence1978.0 years
Most common last names in Lake County, OR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Murphy1676.1 years
Williams1376.3 years
Johnson1276.4 years
Smith1271.7 years
Lewis1077.2 years
Jones1075.0 years
Oconnor1076.0 years
Wood1070.0 years
Clark1071.0 years
Peterson982.2 years
Businesses in Lake County, OR
NameCountNameCount
Best Western1RadioShack1
Chevrolet1True Value1
Curves1U-Haul1
FedEx1U.S. Cellular1
Ford1UPS1
Lane Furniture1Vons1

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