Oregon lags nation in income, has higher poverty

US Census chart_Oregon 2016_thb

by NW Spotlight

Back in May the U.S. Census Bureau released some relevant statistics of the voting-age population in advance of the Oregon primary. The release, titled Demographic and Economic Profiles of Oregon’s Electorate, included a graphic comparing Oregon to the national average in a number of demographic and economic categories.

The U.S. Census Bureau statistics showed that Oregon lags the nation in income. The median household income for the nation is $53,657 and in Oregon it’s $51,075. Oregon is 4.8% below the national median household income – $2,582 a year less for Oregon households.

Oregon also has a higher poverty rate. The poverty rate for the U.S. is 13.6%. Oregon’s poverty rate is 1.6% higher than the nation’s poverty rate. Oregon’s poverty rate is 15.2%.

US Census chart_Oregon May 2016

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  • Jack Lord God

    The stat here that is somewhat surprising is college education. Oregon has slightly above average in the Bachelors or higher category yet lags behind in income and is higher in poverty?

    I’m not sure what that tells us. Could it be either Oregon is a Mecca for basket weaving degrees? Or is it that Oregon has plenty of educational facilities but a population that doesn’t get much out of it in terms of income advancement?

    Either way, one thing this does bring into question is the concept of throwing money at education. Clearly we have an educated populace. Equally clearly that education level isn’t the magic cure to poverty. Perhaps maybe a focus on jobs and business?

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