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

27,024

Population
Growth Rate

0.59%

Median Age

41

Diversity Index

25.000

Housing & Income

Households

10,973

Total Housing Units

11,963


Owner Occupied

6,945

Renter Occupied

4,028

Vacant

990

Median Home Value

$172,309


Average Home Value

$225,266

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.53%


Per Capita Income

3.23%

Income Projection

Median Household

$43,272 $50,516


Average Household

$60,878 $71,698


Per Capita

$25,199 $29,537

Workforce

Total Businesses

1,197

Total Employed

11,842

Workers 16+

10,940

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

32

Employed

241

Mining

Businesses

1

Employed

16

Utilities

Businesses

3

Employed

14

Construction

Businesses

84

Employed

438

Manufacturing

Businesses

35

Employed

1,355

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

45

Employed

325

Some
High School

878

Graduated
High School

4,979

Associates
Degree

1,562

Bachelor's
Degree

3,061

Graduate
Degree

1,626

Average Commute Time

17 min.



Resident Commuters

10,189

Non-Resident Commuters

530

Drive Alone

8,072

Carpooled

1,029

Public

40

Work At Home

642


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