Island City

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

7,646

Population
Growth Rate

0.26%

Median Age

47

Diversity Index

27.600

Housing & Income

Households

3,339

Total Housing Units

4,082


Owner Occupied

2,598

Renter Occupied

741

Vacant

743

Median Home Value

$172,781


Average Home Value

$308,612

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.36%


Per Capita Income

2.38%

Income Projection

Median Household

$44,982 $48,822


Average Household

$65,341 $73,229


Per Capita

$28,561 $32,126

Workforce

Total Businesses

409

Total Employed

2,494

Workers 16+

2,921

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

62

Employed

551

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

50

Employed

388

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

28

Employed

280

2021 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

41

Employed

261

2021 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

17

Employed

192

2021 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

23

Employed

188

Some
High School

308

Graduated
High School

1,813

Associates
Degree

541

Bachelor's
Degree

594

Graduate
Degree

486

Average Commute Time

15 min.



Resident Commuters

2,775

Non-Resident Commuters

85

Drive Alone

1,996

Carpooled

239

Public

0

Work At Home

306