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Wheeler County, Oregon (OR)

County population in 2014: 1,375 (all rural); it was 1,547 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 169
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 264
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 471
Renter-occupied apartments: 218 (it was 182 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

38%

Land area: 1715 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.5 sq. mi.

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Wheeler County: 85.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (66.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 61%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 38%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Wheeler County, Oregon:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (90.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.3%)
  • Two or more races (2.8%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.1%)
  • Asian alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  53.0 years
Oregon median age:  38.0 years
Males: 685  (49.8%)
Females: 690  (50.2%)
Average household size:
Wheeler County:

2.0 people
Oregon:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $37,990 ($28,750 in 1999)

This county:

$37990
Oregon:

$50251

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $430 (lower quartile is $359, upper quartile is $514)
This county:

$430
State:

$769


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $119,386 (it was $82,100 in 2000)
Wheeler:

$119,386
Oregon:

$229,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $70,758 - $216,096
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $964
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $329

Institutionalized population: 17

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 2
  • Burglaries: 5
  • Thefts: 8
  • Auto thefts: 3

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 0
  • Burglaries: 10
  • Thefts: 15
  • Auto thefts: 3
Wheeler County, OR map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 4 buildings, average cost: $134,000
  • 2001: 1 building, cost: $134,000
  • 2002: 2 buildings, average cost: $134,000

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,261 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,071 (1.0%)

Wheeler County household income distribution in 2009 Wheeler County home values distribution Wheeler County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.6%
(16.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.0%
Wheeler County:

16.0%
Oregon:

16.7%
(17.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 56 years old
(Males: 57 years old, Females: 55 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 56 years old, American Indian residents: 65 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 12 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Wheeler County is $483 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $583 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $790 a month.

Cities in this county include: Fossil, Mitchell, Spray.

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

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Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.2%
Oregon:

5.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 31
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 32 (19% naturalized citizens)

Wheeler County:

2.1%
Whole state:

8.5%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 9
  • 1990 to 1994: 3
  • 1985 to 1989: 4
  • 1980 to 1984: 2
  • 1975 to 1979: 5
  • 1970 to 1974: 5
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1965 to 1969: 2

Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 79.6%

Wheeler County marital status for males Wheeler County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 651
  • One, attached: 4
  • Two: 4
  • 3 or 4: 6
  • Mobile homes: 162
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 15

Housing units in Wheeler County with a mortgage: 96 (12 second mortgage, 7 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 129

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

74.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Wheeler County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1663
Mainline Protestant851
Other492
Catholic401
None1,101-
Wheeler 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: 1
Wheeler County:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.



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

7.37 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
This county:

22.11 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Wheeler County:

8.5%
Oregon:

7.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Wheeler County:

24.9%
State:

25.6%

Agriculture in Wheeler County:

Average size of farms: 4501 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $38,152
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $48.17
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 90.09%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $43,371
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.74%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 63.87%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $54,371
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.20%
Average age of principal farm operators: 60 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.78
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.06%
Vegetables: 8 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 25 acres

Earthquake activity:

Wheeler County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Oregon state average. It is 177% 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 318.9 miles away from Wheeler County center
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 211.9 miles away from the county center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 309.1 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 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 205.3 miles away from the county center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 396.8 miles away from Wheeler 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 332.1 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:

  • OregonSevere Winter Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: December 14, 2006 to December 15, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1683): February 22, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1683, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • OregonSevere Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 18, 2005 to January 21, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1632): March 20, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1632, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • OregonHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3228): September 7, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3228, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • OregonSevere Winter Storms, Incident Period: December 26, 2003 to January 14, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1510): February 19, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1510, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • OregonSevere Winter Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: December 25, 1996 to January 6, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1160): January 23, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1160, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • OregonSevere Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 4, 1996 to February 21, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1099): February 9, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1099, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • OregonDrought, Incident Period: April 29, 1977, Emergency Declared (EM-3039): April 29, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3039, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • OregonHeavy Rains & Flooding, Incident Period: December 24, 1964, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-184): December 24, 1964, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-184, Natural disaster type: Flood, Heavy Rain

The number of natural disasters in Wheeler County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Health care and social assistance (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Educational services (21%)
  • Public administration (14%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Health care and social assistance (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (22%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (17%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (12%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (16%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (5%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (5%)

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

  • Mexico (47%)
  • Russia (22%)
  • United Kingdom (13%)
  • Germany (13%)
  • Canada (6%)

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

  • German (21%)
  • English (18%)
  • United States or American (14%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Scottish (7%)
  • Scotch-Irish (4%)
  • Italian (3%)

Wheeler County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 332 (55%)
  • Carpooled: 98 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 6 (1%)
  • Motorcycle: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 53 (9%)
  • Other means: 1 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 115 (19%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


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

  • 17 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 8 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 6 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
17 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
7 people in college/university student housing
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $26,585.

8.32% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,825 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.32%
Oregon average:

7.22%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.03% relocated from other counties in Oregon ($21,975 average AGI)
2.29% relocated from other states ($15,850 average AGI)
Wheeler County:

2.29%
Oregon average:

3.49%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



6.57% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($21,774 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.57%
Oregon average:

6.82%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated to other counties in Oregon.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated to other states.

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.7

Births per 1000 population in Wheeler County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 4.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Wheeler County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Wheeler County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 23.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.7%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Wheeler County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Wheeler County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 409 (369 aged, 40 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 48 (23%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Wheeler County, Oregon in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (26)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (25)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (19)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (18)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (14)
  • Unspecified dementia (10)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 28%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 31%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 549.830
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 2199.310

Household type by relationship:

Households: 1,416
  • In family households: 1,139 (302 male householders, 106 female householders)
    338 spouses, 294 children (262 natural, 6 adopted, 26 stepchildren), 30 grandchildren, 5 brothers or sisters, 3 parents, 15 other relatives, 39 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 277 (108 male householders (93 living alone)), 135 female householders (118 living alone)), 34 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 25 (17 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 257 2-persons, 60 3-persons, 47 4-persons, 26 5-persons, 12 6-persons, 6 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 211 1-person, 30 2-persons, 2 3-persons.

253 married couples with children.
37 single-parent households (10 men, 27 women).

95.8% of residents of Wheeler County speak English at home.
3.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (58% speak English very well, 8% speak English well, 29% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (40% speak English very well, 60% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $10,566,000 ($7125 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $232,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $5,469,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $2,307,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $379,000
Federal grants: $1,796,000
Federal procurement contracts: $155,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $459,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $625,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $88,000
Federal Government insurance: $1,540,000

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

Births: 44
Here:

30 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 90
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+20 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -49
Here -34 per 1000 residents
State +21 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Wheeler County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.36 millions of gallons per day (64% from ground, 36% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 3
  • 2000 to 2004: 87
  • 1990 to 1999: 99
  • 1980 to 1989: 73
  • 1970 to 1979: 134
  • 1960 to 1969: 38
  • 1950 to 1959: 83
  • 1940 to 1949: 72
  • 1939 or earlier: 302
Rooms in houses/apartments in Wheeler County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 7
  • 3 rooms: 13
  • 4 rooms: 81
  • 5 rooms: 98
  • 6 rooms: 117
  • 7 rooms: 71
  • 8 rooms: 45
  • 9+ rooms: 33
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 4
  • 3 rooms: 25
  • 4 rooms: 37
  • 5 rooms: 43
  • 6 rooms: 25
  • 7 rooms: 26
  • 8 rooms: 5
  • 9+ rooms: 15
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Wheeler County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 8
  • 1 bedroom: 19
  • 2 bedrooms: 168
  • 3 bedrooms: 208
  • 4 bedrooms: 52
  • 5+ bedrooms: 16
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 17
  • 2 bedrooms: 74
  • 3 bedrooms: 52
  • 4 bedrooms: 28
  • 5+ bedrooms: 9
Cars and other vehicles available in Wheeler County, Oregon in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 11
  • 1 vehicle: 111
  • 2 vehicles: 188
  • 3 vehicles: 106
  • 4 vehicles: 39
  • 5+ vehicles: 16
  • no vehicle: 6
  • 1 vehicle: 78
  • 2 vehicles: 76
  • 3 vehicles: 16
  • 4 vehicles: 4
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

57% of Wheeler County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 28% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 66% lived in Oregon.

Wheeler County:

56.8%
State average:

48.0%

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

  • This state: 796
  • Northeast: 20
  • Midwest: 139
  • South: 121
  • West: 429

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $56,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Wheeler County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Wood (49.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (23.6%)
  • Electricity (21.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.5%)
  • Wood (47.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (26.9%)
  • Electricity (18.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 40
Here:

25.2%
Oregon:

9.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 6
Here:

5.1%
Oregon:

7.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3
Here:

11.1%
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)

Wheeler County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $637,000
    Central Staff Services: $237,000
    Financial Administration: $191,000
    Police Protection: $188,000
    Solid Waste Management: $95,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $73,000
    General Public Buildings: $35,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $119,000
    General Public Building: $20,000
    Central Staff: $19,000
    Financial Administration: $9,000
    Judicial: $4,000
    Police Protection: $3,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $545,000

Wheeler County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $6,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Highways: $716,000
    All Other: $259,000
    General Support: $100,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $133,000
    Interest Earnings: $127,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $920,000
  • Tax - Property: $558,000

Wheeler County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $4,894,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 19
  • Number of aged recipients: 3
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 16
  • Number of recipients under 18: 0
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 11
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 0
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 7
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 8
Wheeler County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Wheeler County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Wheeler County, OR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert1770.7 years
Mary1084.4 years
William879.2 years
Donald774.1 years
George779.7 years
Charles779.0 years
Helen677.8 years
Margaret673.2 years
James580.2 years
Frank575.6 years
Most common last names in Wheeler County, OR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Dyer676.9 years
Williams689.8 years
Luther580.8 years
Steiwer577.0 years
Conlee474.8 years
Humphrey477.0 years
Asher481.2 years
Dunn477.2 years
Miller474.8 years
Wright483.0 years

Businesses in Wheeler County, OR

  • Chevrolet: 1

Wheeler County on our top lists:

  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"