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.

Burns is the largest community in Harney County.

 

 

 

Harney County

Population

Total Population

7,472

Population
Growth Rate

0.00%

Median Age

48

Diversity Index

31.000

Housing & Income

Households

3,157

Total Housing Units

3,688


Owner Occupied

2,348

Renter Occupied

809

Vacant

531

Median Home Value

$206,740


Average Home Value

$290,769

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.00%


Per Capita Income

3.16%

Income Projection

Median Household

$49,456 $58,292


Average Household

$77,177 $90,550


Per Capita

$32,636 $38,120

Workforce

Total Businesses

442

Total Employed

2,782

Workers 16+

3,106

2022 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

66

Employed

659

2022 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

50

Employed

386

2022 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

42

Employed

290

2022 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

31

Employed

276

2022 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

20

Employed

236

2022 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

23

Employed

193

Some
High School

304

Graduated
High School

1,802

Associates
Degree

539

Bachelor's
Degree

589

Graduate
Degree

478

Average Commute Time

16 min.



Resident Commuters

2,926

Non-Resident Commuters

138

Drive Alone

2,122

Carpooled

310

Public

0

Work At Home

290