Harney County

Harney County is home to the communities of Burns and Hines - two charming towns with big personality. Harney County is located in southeastern Oregon and is the largest county in the State of Oregon.  The County has a diverse landscape with forests, sagebrush, lakes, streams, deserts and mountains. Harney County is open for business, travel, exploration, outdoor adventure, and recreation.

Living in this area has many unique features and opportunities.  Harney County is termed the "high-desert" because of its elevation (Burns is at 4,147 feet), and hence the types of vegetation and landforms that present themselves in some areas are desert like.  But the landscape and climate varies greatly in this area. There are forested, pine tree covered areas in the northern portion of the County with the Ochoco and Malheur National Forests. There are large sagebrush covered rolling hills and meadows in the bottom lands.  Many lakes, streams, and the Alvord Desert are in the southeastern corner of the County. A large wetland area known as the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Steens Mountain and other mountain ranges in the southern end that all add up to the tremendous and extraordinary variety of landscapes that are found here.  These features add to the quality of life that appeals to a wide range of individuals. The variety of landscapes also produces innumerable recreational opportunities. Other aspects that contribute to a positive and healthy lifestyle are the outstanding educational opportunities that are available through elementary, secondary and branch campuses of nearby institutions of higher education.

Burns is the largest community in Harney County.

 

 

 

Harney County

Population

Total Population

7,655

Population
Growth Rate

0.30%

Median Age

47

Diversity Index

26.500

Housing & Income

Households

3,338

Total Housing Units

4,058


Owner Occupied

2,551

Renter Occupied

787

Vacant

720

Median Home Value

$136,190


Average Home Value

$245,355

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.40%


Per Capita Income

1.87%

Income Projection

Median Household

$46,979 $50,800


Average Household

$66,693 $72,890


Per Capita

$29,108 $31,930

Workforce

Total Businesses

414

Total Employed

2,502

Workers 16+

2,853

2020 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

65

Employed

531

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

51

Employed

390

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

39

Employed

263

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

27

Employed

240

2020 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

22

Employed

191

2020 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

15

Employed

187

Some
High School

380

Graduated
High School

1,469

Associates
Degree

573

Bachelor's
Degree

661

Graduate
Degree

350

Average Commute Time

16 min.



Resident Commuters

2,690

Non-Resident Commuters

128

Drive Alone

2,083

Carpooled

243

Public

3

Work At Home

278


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