Monday, March 3, 2014

Oregon County and Metro Per Capita Personal Income Comparison

In 2012, metro Oregon had a per capita personal income (PCPI) of $40,277 compared with rural Oregon’s $33,631. Over the year, both areas increased their PCPI at similar rates, 3.8 percent for metro and 3.5 percent for rural. The higher growth rate in metro Oregon reversed a five-year trend where rural Oregon had a higher year-over-year change. 

Per capita income is calculated by dividing total income by total population in the area. Total income includes wages from work, income from investments like stocks and real estate, and transfer payments such as social security benefits.

Despite the fact that metro Oregon has a significantly higher per capita income than rural Oregon, two of the top five counties were rural. Sherman County ranked first, by a margin of over $10,000, with per capita income of $58,375.  Sherman County was followed by Clackamas, Washington, Multnomah, and Morrow counties. 

For more information on PCPI by county and metro area, see Andrew Crollard's full article on

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