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

27,635

Population
Growth Rate

0.69%

Median Age

41

Diversity Index

25.600

Housing & Income

Households

11,362

Total Housing Units

12,366


Owner Occupied

6,967

Renter Occupied

4,395

Vacant

1,004

Median Home Value

$221,336


Average Home Value

$264,303

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.77%


Per Capita Income

2.35%

Income Projection

Median Household

$48,350 $52,670


Average Household

$67,195 $75,348


Per Capita

$27,678 $31,082

Workforce

Total Businesses

1,158

Total Employed

11,401

Workers 16+

10,958

2020 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

31

Employed

1,678

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

163

Employed

1,664

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

96

Employed

1,485

2020 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

101

Employed

1,350

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

86

Employed

989

2020 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

66

Employed

861

Some
High School

1,030

Graduated
High School

5,024

Associates
Degree

1,834

Bachelor's
Degree

3,388

Graduate
Degree

1,716

Average Commute Time

17 min.



Resident Commuters

10,349

Non-Resident Commuters

525

Drive Alone

8,270

Carpooled

1,134

Public

42

Work At Home

615