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

7,493

Population
Growth Rate

0.12%

Median Age

46

Diversity Index

26.700

Housing & Income

Households

3,233

Total Housing Units

3,900


Owner Occupied

2,412

Renter Occupied

821

Vacant

667

Median Home Value

$146,897


Average Home Value

$243,657

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.11%


Per Capita Income

2.56%

Income Projection

Median Household

$38,863 $42,579


Average Household

$52,312 $59,429


Per Capita

$22,850 $25,934

Workforce

Total Businesses

419

Total Employed

2,501

Workers 16+

2,816

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

31

Employed

169

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

2

Employed

28

Construction

Businesses

22

Employed

70

Manufacturing

Businesses

8

Employed

57

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

20

Employed

91

Some
High School

352

Graduated
High School

1,541

Associates
Degree

519

Bachelor's
Degree

618

Graduate
Degree

402

Average Commute Time

16 min.



Resident Commuters

2,649

Non-Resident Commuters

141

Drive Alone

2,056

Carpooled

243

Public

4

Work At Home

283


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