Union County

Union County is home to the communities of Cove, Elgin, Imbler, Island City, La Grande, North Powder, Summerville, and Union. Union County is a beautiful place to live with mountains and streams providing hunting, fishing, skiing, and camping opportunities. Initially, the county’s economy was defined by mining but over the years farming (wheat, fruit, vegetables, and grass seeds), cattle, sheep raising, and timber replaced mining as the primary economic forces in the county. More recently, the county diversified into an economic base that includes light manufacturing; technical based business and regional headquarters for Federal and State government. A mainstay of the Union County economy is Eastern Oregon University – a college offering certificate and degree programs that attracts students from Oregon, the PNW and internationally.

 

 

Communities in Union County include:

  • Cove
  • Elgin
  • Imbler
  • Island City
  • La Grande
  • North Powder
  • Summerville
  • Union

Union County

Population

Total Population

27,840

Population
Growth Rate

0.70%

Median Age

41

Diversity Index

26.400

Housing & Income

Households

11,353

Total Housing Units

12,375


Owner Occupied

7,294

Renter Occupied

4,059

Vacant

1,022

Median Home Value

$243,688


Average Home Value

$282,921

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.70%


Per Capita Income

2.35%

Income Projection

Median Household

$56,340 $62,765


Average Household

$73,559 $82,454


Per Capita

$30,184 $33,900

Workforce

Total Businesses

1,179

Total Employed

10,961

Workers 16+

11,333

2021 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

34

Employed

1,741

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

101

Employed

1,606

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

174

Employed

1,515

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

94

Employed

1,090

2021 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

90

Employed

980

2021 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

71

Employed

887

Some
High School

928

Graduated
High School

5,408

Associates
Degree

1,903

Bachelor's
Degree

3,322

Graduate
Degree

1,704

Average Commute Time

17 min.



Resident Commuters

10,695

Non-Resident Commuters

523

Drive Alone

8,607

Carpooled

1,112

Public

31

Work At Home

692