Wallowa County, Oregon (OR)

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County population in 2012: 6,821 (all rural); it was 7,226 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,167
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,071
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,176
Renter-occupied apartments: 895 (it was 853 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

38%

Land area: 3145 sq. mi.

Water area: 6.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 2 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Wallowa County: 88.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (21.6%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (14.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 47%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 46%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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Races in Wallowa County, Oregon:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.2%)
  • Two or more races (1.8%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  50.0 years
Oregon median age:  38.0 years
Males: 3,439  (51.6%)
Females: 3,569  (48.4%)
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Wallowa County,OR real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Wallowa County:

2.0 people
Oregon:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $42,012 ($32,129 in 1999)

This county:

$42012
Oregon:

$50251

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $525 (lower quartile is $345, upper quartile is $663)
This county:

$525
State:

$769


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $192,929 (it was $118,900 in 2000)
Wallowa:

$192,929
Oregon:

$229,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $125,453 - $327,412
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,137
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $431

Institutionalized population: 76

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):

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Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,637 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,506 (0.8%)

Wallowa County household income distribution in 2009 Wallowa County home values distribution Wallowa County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.4%
(13.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 53.3% for Black residents, 21.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.0% for American Indian residents, 4.2% for other race residents, 8.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.8%
Wallowa County:

13.8%
Oregon:

16.7%
(13.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 46.7% for Black residents, 20.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 28.1% for American Indian residents, 7.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 52 years old
(Males: 51 years old, Females: 51 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 52 years old, Black residents: 60 years old, American Indian residents: 58 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 57 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Wallowa County is $424 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $559 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $800 a month.

Cities in this county include: Enterprise, Joseph, Wallowa, Imnaha, Lostine, Flora, Wallowa Lake.

Wallowa County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Wallowa County: Kneeland Place (A), Lostine Station (B), Zumwalt School (C), Hidden Recreation Site (D), Evergreen Recreation Site (E), Ollokot Recreation Site (F), Kirkland Campground (G), Sacajawea Recreation Site (H), King Forest Camp (I), Bone Spring Campground (J), Joseph Canyon Viewpoint (K), Thomason Meadow Guard Station (L), Big Minam Guard Station (M), Jaussaud Corral (N), Irondyke Recreation Site (O), Mount Howard Gondola Lift (P), Imnaha Grange (Q), Hurricane Grange (R), Hurricane Creek Recreation Site (S), Hunting Camp Cow Camp (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Lost Prairie Cemetery (1), Lostine Cemetery (2), Bramlet Memorial Cemetery (3), Park Cemetery (4), Nicoson Cemetery (5), Bartlett Cemetery (6), Old Chief Joseph Gravesite (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Francis Lake (A), Frazier Lake (B), Frog Pond (C), Green Lake (D), Hazel Lake (E), Hobo Lake (F), Horseshoe Lake (G), Ice Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Wing Creek (A), Winston Creek (B), Wise Creek (C), Yreka Creek (D), Shell Creek (E), Hidden Branch (F), Magpie Creek (G), West Fork Somer Creek (H), Hangover Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Wallowa County include: Minam State Park (1), Grande Ronde Scenic Area (2), Wayside Springs Forest Camp (3), Wallowa Lake Highway Forest State Park (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Baker County , Adams County, Idaho , Asotin County, Washington , Columbia County, Washington , Garfield County, Washington , Idaho County, Idaho , Umatilla County , Union County , Nez Perce County, Idaho .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.1%
Oregon:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 161
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 87.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 20.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 61 (51% naturalized citizens)

Wallowa County:

0.8%
Whole state:

8.5%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 5
  • 1990 to 1994: 2
  • 1985 to 1989: 11
  • 1980 to 1984: 9
  • 1975 to 1979: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 31

Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 95.1%

Wallowa County marital status for males Wallowa County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Wallowa County with a mortgage: 764 (61 second mortgage, 49 home equity loan, 3 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 534

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

74.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Wallowa County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant88713
Other4624
Mainline Protestant3776
Catholic2502
None5,032-
Wallowa 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: 7
Wallowa County:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

2.96 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Wallowa County:

1.48 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 20
This county:

29.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Wallowa County:

8.8%
Oregon:

7.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Wallowa County:

25.9%
State:

25.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

10.0%
State:

14.2%

Agriculture in Wallowa County:

Average size of farms: 1030 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $41,303
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $137.21
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.48%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 65.94%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $47,993
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 9.95%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 55.53%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $50,768
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.68%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.09
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.16%
All wheat for grain: 10106 harvested acres
Vegetables: 9 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 19 acres

Tornado activity:

Wallowa County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Oregon state average. It is 156067178.1 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Wallowa County-area historical earthquake activity is below Oregon state average. It is 143% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 201.0 miles away from Wallowa County center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 332.5 miles away from the county center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 351.3 miles away from the county center
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 273.0 miles away from the county center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 272.4 miles away from Wallowa County center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 267.8 miles away from the county center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Wallowa County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
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 (%):

  • Canada (34%)
  • Mexico (18%)
  • United Kingdom (16%)
  • France (11%)
  • Laos (5%)
  • Germany (3%)
  • Other Western Europe (3%)

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

  • German (22%)
  • United States or American (16%)
  • English (12%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • Scottish (4%)
  • Norwegian (4%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)

Wallowa County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,109 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 336 (11%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 6 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 16 (1%)
  • Walked: 213 (7%)
  • Other means: 21 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 286 (10%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 63 people in nursing homes
  • 26 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 20 people in other group homes

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

  • 76 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 20 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 5 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 4 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $37,696.

5.68% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,500 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.68%
Oregon average:

7.22%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.62% relocated from other counties in Oregon ($18,045 average AGI)
3.06% relocated from other states ($22,455 average AGI)
Wallowa County:

3.06%
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 Union County, OR  0.36% ($51,800 average AGI)


6.33% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,389 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.33%
Oregon average:

6.82%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.40% relocated to other counties in Oregon ($14,029 average AGI)
2.93% relocated to other states ($14,360 average AGI)
Wallowa County:

2.93%
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 Union County, OR  0.69% ($25,737 average AGI)
to Deschutes County, OR  0.36% ($32,400)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.0

Births per 1000 population in Wallowa County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Wallowa County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 2.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Wallowa County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,613 (1,433 aged, 180 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 14.33
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8987.960
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 817.090
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 38761.47

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 998
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1140.580

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 40.72
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 99.8

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14.26

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,903

Size of family households: 1,215 2-persons, 363 3-persons, 269 4-persons, 103 5-persons, 49 6-persons, 25 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 941 1-person, 150 2-persons, 8 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

1,256 married couples with children.
390 single-parent households (94 men, 296 women).

97.5% of residents of Wallowa County speak English at home.
1.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (58% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 23% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (75% speak English very well, 25% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (82% speak English very well, 18% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $55,207,000 ($7914 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,426,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $24,340,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,039,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,082,000
Federal grants: $12,734,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,239,000 ($86,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,774,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $8,448,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $7,150,000
Federal Government insurance: $13,211,000

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

Births: 339
Here:

48 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 402
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+20 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -139
Here -20 per 1000 residents
State +21 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Wallowa County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.96 millions of gallons per day (15% from ground, 85% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 23
  • 2000 to 2004: 336
  • 1990 to 1999: 617
  • 1980 to 1989: 485
  • 1970 to 1979: 710
  • 1960 to 1969: 300
  • 1950 to 1959: 352
  • 1940 to 1949: 304
  • 1939 or earlier: 943
Rooms in houses/apartments in Wallowa County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 19
  • 3 rooms: 78
  • 4 rooms: 224
  • 5 rooms: 505
  • 6 rooms: 453
  • 7 rooms: 372
  • 8 rooms: 257
  • 9+ rooms: 264
  • 1 room: 24
  • 2 rooms: 65
  • 3 rooms: 133
  • 4 rooms: 213
  • 5 rooms: 186
  • 6 rooms: 141
  • 7 rooms: 35
  • 8 rooms: 34
  • 9+ rooms: 22
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Wallowa County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 97
  • 2 bedrooms: 546
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,047
  • 4 bedrooms: 350
  • 5+ bedrooms: 127
  • no bedroom: 44
  • 1 bedroom: 147
  • 2 bedrooms: 336
  • 3 bedrooms: 252
  • 4 bedrooms: 56
  • 5+ bedrooms: 18
Cars and other vehicles available in Wallowa County, Oregon in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 75
  • 1 vehicle: 513
  • 2 vehicles: 938
  • 3 vehicles: 469
  • 4 vehicles: 129
  • 5+ vehicles: 52
  • no vehicle: 85
  • 1 vehicle: 346
  • 2 vehicles: 289
  • 3 vehicles: 79
  • 4 vehicles: 39
  • 5+ vehicles: 15

57% of Wallowa County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 53% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 49% lived in Oregon.

Wallowa County:

57.5%
State average:

48.0%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $95,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Wallowa County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Wood (34.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (28.6%)
  • Electricity (19.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.0%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)
  • Electricity (44.7%)
  • Wood (26.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (17.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.7%)
  • Other fuel (1.3%)
  • Utility gas (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 64
Here:

7.2%
Oregon:

9.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 45
Here:

9.0%
Oregon:

7.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 14
Here:

11.0%
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:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Wallowa County, OR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William6377.0 years
James5274.8 years
John4876.9 years
Charles4478.8 years
Robert4472.2 years
Mary4180.1 years
Richard2870.8 years
George2777.5 years
Margaret2680.2 years
Ruth2084.0 years
Most common last names in Wallowa County, OR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson4475.7 years
Davis1875.3 years
Daggett1778.7 years
Scott1679.6 years
Smith1477.4 years
Thompson1471.2 years
Anderson1472.5 years
Lewis1479.4 years
Weaver1378.6 years
Clark1380.5 years
Businesses in Wallowa County, OR
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Safeway1
Best Western1True Value2
Chevrolet1U-Haul1
Decora Cabinetry1U.S. Cellular1
FedEx2UPS2
MasterBrand Cabinets1Vons1

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