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The 2020 median household income in the U.S. was $67,521, a decrease of 2.9% from 2019. COVID-19 in 2020 drastically altered income and poverty levels, along with consumer habits and job opportunities.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-earning counties in Oregon using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by 2020 5-year estimate median household income.

Data shows that annual annual income depends heavily on an individual’s educational attainment, race, ethnicity, gender, and even location. One cluster of the United States is particularly well off: The five of the seven counties with the highest median household income in the country can be found in the Washington D.C. metropolitan areas of Maryland and Northern Virginia. These counties can likely attribute their wealth to their proximity to Washington D.C., which attracts highly educated and skilled people in areas of law and public policy. And people in those fields often marry each other, making two high-earning households one very high-earning household.

Keep reading to learn more about the highest-earning counties in Oregon.

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#36. Gilliam County

– Median household income: $41,838
— 36.3% below state average, 35.6% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 14.2%
— #2,615 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 17.5%
— #2,669 highest among all counties nationwide

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#35. Harney County

– Median household income: $43,387
— 33.9% below state average, 33.2% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 16.7%
— #2,196 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 8.3%
— #2,548 highest among all counties nationwide

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#34. Lake County

– Median household income: $44,237
— 32.6% below state average, 31.9% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 16.8%
— #2,179 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 15.1%
— #2,474 highest among all counties nationwide

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#33. Malheur County

– Median household income: $44,362
— 32.4% below state average, 31.7% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 15.1%
— #2,490 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 13.7%
— #2,463 highest among all counties nationwide

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#32. Wheeler County

– Median household income: $45,354
— 30.9% below state average, 30.2% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 12.1%
— #2,852 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 13.6%
— #2,376 highest among all counties nationwide

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#31. Baker County

– Median household income: $46,250
— 29.6% below state average, 28.8% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 19.6%
— #1,683 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 12.2%
— #2,304 highest among all counties nationwide

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#30. Josephine County

– Median household income: $47,733
— 27.3% below state average, 26.6% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 17.3%
— #2,087 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 13.0%
— #2,165 highest among all counties nationwide

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#29. Grant County

– Median household income: $48,202
— 26.6% below state average, 25.8% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 15.2%
— #2,479 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 14.2%
— #2,122 highest among all counties nationwide

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#28. Klamath County

– Median household income: $48,560
— 26.1% below state average, 25.3% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 17.4%
— #2,072 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 15.3%
— #2,085 highest among all counties nationwide

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#27. Coos County

– Median household income: $49,445
— 24.7% below state average, 23.9% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 19.1%
— #1,781 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 13.5%
— #1,996 highest among all counties nationwide

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#26. Douglas County

– Median household income: $50,031
— 23.8% below state average, 23.0% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 18.1%
— #1,948 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 9.8%
— #1,932 highest among all counties nationwide

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#25. Lincoln County

– Median household income: $50,775
— 22.7% below state average, 21.9% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 17.9%
— #1,977 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 12.9%
— #1,850 highest among all counties nationwide

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#24. Sherman County

– Median household income: $51,472
— 21.6% below state average, 20.8% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 19.0%
— #1,784 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 7.4%
— #1,763 highest among all counties nationwide

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#23. Curry County

– Median household income: $53,174
— 19.0% below state average, 18.2% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 21.7%
— #1,324 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 11.3%
— #1,534 highest among all counties nationwide

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#22. Wallowa County

– Median household income: $53,423
— 18.6% below state average, 17.8% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 20.5%
— #1,520 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 11.5%
— #1,512 highest among all counties nationwide

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#21. Union County

– Median household income: $53,940
— 17.9% below state average, 17.0% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 18.8%
— #1,821 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 10.3%
— #1,450 highest among all counties nationwide

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#20. Tillamook County

– Median household income: $54,268
— 17.4% below state average, 16.5% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 18.3%
— #1,924 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 9.2%
— #1,419 highest among all counties nationwide

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#19. Wasco County

– Median household income: $54,725
— 16.7% below state average, 15.8% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 20.0%
— #1,607 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 7.6%
— #1,370 highest among all counties nationwide

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#18. Lane County

– Median household income: $54,942
— 16.3% below state average, 15.5% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 22.8%
— #1,158 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 12.0%
— #1,349 highest among all counties nationwide

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#17. Jefferson County

– Median household income: $55,844
— 15.0% below state average, 14.1% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 24.0%
— #990 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 14.2%
— #1,260 highest among all counties nationwide

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#16. Jackson County

– Median household income: $56,327
— 14.2% below state average, 13.3% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 23.3%
— #1,080 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 10.4%
— #1,220 highest among all counties nationwide

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#15. Morrow County

– Median household income: $56,572
— 13.9% below state average, 13.0% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 20.8%
— #1,485 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 6.7%
— #1,201 highest among all counties nationwide

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#14. Clatsop County

– Median household income: $57,466
— 12.5% below state average, 11.6% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 24.0%
— #990 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 8.7%
— #1,105 highest among all counties nationwide

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#13. Umatilla County

– Median household income: $57,973
— 11.7% below state average, 10.8% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 22.1%
— #1,259 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 10.9%
— #1,062 highest among all counties nationwide

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#12. Crook County

– Median household income: $59,000
— 10.2% below state average, 9.2% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 20.2%
— #1,572 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 7.6%
— #991 highest among all counties nationwide

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#11. Linn County

– Median household income: $59,547
— 9.3% below state average, 8.4% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 22.7%
— #1,169 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 8.7%
— #933 highest among all counties nationwide

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#10. Marion County

– Median household income: $61,817
— 5.9% below state average, 4.9% below national average
– Households earning over $100k: 26.2%
— #761 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 8.2%
— #760 highest among all counties nationwide

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#9. Benton County

– Median household income: $65,142
— 0.8% below state average, 0.2% above national average
– Households earning over $100k: 31.4%
— #416 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 12.6%
— #569 highest among all counties nationwide

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#8. Polk County

– Median household income: $65,665
— 0.0% below state average, 1.0% above national average
– Households earning over $100k: 29.9%
— #492 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 10.6%
— #538 highest among all counties nationwide

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#7. Yamhill County

– Median household income: $67,296
— 2.5% above state average, 3.5% above national average
– Households earning over $100k: 31.4%
— #416 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 7.6%
— #480 highest among all counties nationwide

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#6. Columbia County

– Median household income: $68,170
— 3.8% above state average, 4.9% above national average
– Households earning over $100k: 29.3%
— #525 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 7.8%
— #440 highest among all counties nationwide

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#5. Deschutes County

– Median household income: $68,937
— 5.0% above state average, 6.1% above national average
– Households earning over $100k: 31.1%
— #426 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 7.8%
— #408 highest among all counties nationwide

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#4. Multnomah County

– Median household income: $71,425
— 8.8% above state average, 9.9% above national average
– Households earning over $100k: 35.3%
— #272 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 9.8%
— #341 highest among all counties nationwide

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#3. Hood River County

– Median household income: $72,418
— 10.3% above state average, 11.4% above national average
– Households earning over $100k: 36.7%
— #243 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 4.0%
— #310 highest among all counties nationwide

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#2. Clackamas County

– Median household income: $82,911
— 26.3% above state average, 27.6% above national average
– Households earning over $100k: 40.4%
— #167 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 6.1%
— #158 highest among all counties nationwide

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#1. Washington County

– Median household income: $86,626
— 31.9% above state average, 33.3% above national average
– Households earning over $100k: 43.0%
— #116 highest among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 5.5%
— #119 highest among all counties nationwide