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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. 2012 cost of living index in Lake County: 85.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (25.8%), Educational,health and social services (16.6%), Public administration (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 56%
  • Government: 28%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 14%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Lake County, Oregon:


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 2009: $34,944 ($29,506 in 1999)
This county:

$34944
Oregon:

$48457

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $387 (lower quartile is $313, upper quartile is $489)
This county:

$387
State:

$704


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $120,689 (it was $65,800 in 2000)
Lake County:

$120,689
Oregon:

$257,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $77,667 - $216,879

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $211,706
Here:

$211,706
State:

$323,551

Mobile homes: $137,925
Here:

$137,925
State:

$78,759

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $18,370
Here:

$18,370
State:

$46,959
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,153
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $249

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:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,122 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $890 (0.8%)


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 2009: 17.7%
(17.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 19.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 36.2% for American Indian residents, 5.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 6.5% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 47 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 39 years old, Asian residents: 40 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

16.1%
Whole state:

11.6%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

5.1%
Whole state:

5.0%

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.


Local government website: www.lakecountyor.org

Click to draw/clear Lake County borders

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 .

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


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:

55.0% with mortgage
State:

74.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 30.81%
Here30.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,287
Total congregations: 23

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchAssemblies of GodLDS (Mormon) ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Conservative Baptist Association of America
Adherents903 (39.5%)304 (13.3%)248 (10.8%)152 (6.6%)140 (6.1%)
Congregations5 (21.7%)3 (13.0%)1 (4.3%)1 (4.3%)1 (4.3%)
NameInternational Church of the Foursquare GospelChurch of the NazareneUnited Methodist ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Other
Adherents95 (4.2%)82 (3.6%)67 (2.9%)62 (2.7%)234 (10.2%)
Congregations1 (4.3%)1 (4.3%)2 (8.7%)1 (4.3%)7 (30.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Lake County - Lakeview, Silver Lake-Fort Rock, Summer Lake, Warner Valley, Paisley

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

4.14 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Lake County:

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
This county:

4.14 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Lake County:

12.42 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.7%
Oregon:

7.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

24.5%
Oregon:

25.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lake County:

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 slightly below Oregon state average. It is 18% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/21/1993 at 03:28:55, a magnitude 6.0 (5.7 MB, 5.8 MS, 6.0 MW, 5.9 ML, Depth: 6.6 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 77.9 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 1 other deaths)
On 9/21/1993 at 05:45:33, a magnitude 6.0 (5.6 MB, 5.8 MS, 6.0 MW, 6.0 MD, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 81.3 miles away from the county center
On 12/4/1993 at 22:15:19, a magnitude 5.4 (5.2 MB, 5.2 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.4 ML, Depth: 5.0 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 78.4 miles away from the county center
On 9/21/1993 at 06:14:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.8 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 76.7 miles away from Lake County center
On 6/30/2004 at 12:21:45, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.7 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 41.3 miles away from the county center
On 7/22/2004 at 20:26:27, a magnitude 4.6 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.2 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 38.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), 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 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (28%)
  • Wood products (12%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Woodworkers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers including supervisors (4%)

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




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





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:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $38,992.

10.90% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($35,291 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.90%
Oregon average:

8.89%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.02% relocated from other counties in Oregon ($19,578 average AGI)
4.88% relocated from other states ($15,713 average AGI)
Lake County:

4.88%
Oregon average:

4.35%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Deschutes County, OR  0.87% ($26,045 average AGI)
from Lane County, OR  0.59% ($17,000)
from Klamath County, OR  0.52% ($23,231)
from Umatilla County, OR  0.44% ($56,364)
from Marion County, OR  0.40% ($42,900)


8.36% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,317 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.36%
Oregon average:

7.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.01% relocated to other counties in Oregon ($9,795 average AGI)
3.34% relocated to other states ($17,527 average AGI)
Lake County:

3.34%
Oregon average:

3.37%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Deschutes County, OR  0.98% ($24,208 average AGI)
to Klamath County, OR  0.86% ($28,000)
to Jackson County, OR  0.49% ($31,083)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Lake County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Lake County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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 Western1True Value1
Curves1U-Haul1
FedEx1U.S. Cellular1
Lane Furniture1UPS1
RadioShack1Vons1

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