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

27,445

Population
Growth Rate

0.69%

Median Age

41

Diversity Index

25.500

Housing & Income

Households

11,204

Total Housing Units

12,195


Owner Occupied

6,782

Renter Occupied

4,422

Vacant

991

Median Home Value

$214,270


Average Home Value

$259,835

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.70%


Per Capita Income

2.73%

Income Projection

Median Household

$44,569 $50,309


Average Household

$61,750 $70,720


Per Capita

$25,309 $28,953

Workforce

Total Businesses

1,198

Total Employed

12,031

Workers 16+

10,954

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

30

Employed

218

Mining

Businesses

1

Employed

16

Utilities

Businesses

3

Employed

14

Construction

Businesses

87

Employed

445

Manufacturing

Businesses

31

Employed

753

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

50

Employed

993

Some
High School

777

Graduated
High School

5,277

Associates
Degree

1,706

Bachelor's
Degree

3,385

Graduate
Degree

1,603

Average Commute Time

18 min.



Resident Commuters

10,219

Non-Resident Commuters

560

Drive Alone

8,321

Carpooled

1,018

Public

81

Work At Home

549


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