Oregon's Economy: Income

barn in the Wallowa Mountains
The Wallowa Mountains and an abandoned barn along Zumwalt-Buckhorn Road. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Per capita personal income, a broader measure of the income all Oregonians receive from all sources, was $52,937 per person in 2019. In addition to wages, personal income includes proprietors’ income; income from dividends, interest, and rent; and transfer receipts.

The national per capita personal income reached $56,663 in 2019. Oregon’s per capita personal income was just 93% of the nation’s and ranked 26th among the states and Washington, D.C. Oregon’s real per capita personal income, adjusted for inflation, grew 8.9% since 2015. That was the seventh fastest income growth among the states and faster than the national adjusted income growth rate of 7.6%.

Despite lower average incomes than the nation as a whole, Oregon’s poverty rate is about the same as the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.6% of Oregon residents lived in families with incomes below the poverty threshold during 2018. The U.S. poverty rate was 13.1%.​ Oregon ranked 25th among the states with the lowest percentage of people living in poverty.​