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.

Hines is the largest community in Harney County.

 

Harney County

Population

Total Population

7,674

Population
Growth Rate

0.36%

Median Age

46

Diversity Index

27.700

Housing & Income

Households

3,330

Total Housing Units

3,981


Owner Occupied

2,446

Renter Occupied

884

Vacant

651

Median Home Value

$133,402


Average Home Value

$238,849

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.41%


Per Capita Income

2.91%

Income Projection

Median Household

$42,932 $49,836


Average Household

$62,113 $71,542


Per Capita

$26,978 $31,142

Workforce

Total Businesses

411

Total Employed

2,541

Workers 16+

2,821

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

37

Employed

174

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

1

Employed

20

Construction

Businesses

19

Employed

70

Manufacturing

Businesses

9

Employed

58

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

17

Employed

89

Some
High School

326

Graduated
High School

1,508

Associates
Degree

482

Bachelor's
Degree

735

Graduate
Degree

436

Average Commute Time

16 min.



Resident Commuters

2,652

Non-Resident Commuters

138

Drive Alone

2,064

Carpooled

237

Public

5

Work At Home

262


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