The average Oregonian income increased a mere $75.80 each year in the last decade
At the beginning of the decade Oregon’s per capita income was $37,151. By 2011 that income was $37,909, an increase of just $758 over the last ten years.
Our neighbors south and north fared much better over the same decade. California’s per capita income went from $43,052 to $44,481, an increase of $1,429.
Washington was the big winner on the west coast, increasing their income from $41,871 to $44,294, an increase more than three times the size of Oregon’s, at $2,423.
Consider this; Washington D.C. had an increase in income 20 times that of Oregon!
As the graph below illustrates, Washington D.C. went from $57,690 to $73,105. That is a $15,415 increase –
A pay raise of 26.7 percent!
It appears that government was a lucrative business in the last decade, a fact that most hard-working Oregonians might find difficult to stomach.