A state study of personal income reflects the long-term decline in logging and milling in Oregon. The report shows rural Oregonians earn, on average, about 25 percent less than their city counterparts.
It also shows that rural incomes in Oregon have slid markedly in recent decades when compared to rural areas nationwide. In 1969, per capita personal income in Oregon's non-metro areas was 113 percent of the national average for non-metro areas.
In the study of 2011 data, rural income in Oregon stood at 94 percent of that national average. The study shows that income in the 11 counties considered metro areas has slipped relative to the national urban average, but by only 3 percentage points.
It's now 91 percent of the national urban average.