Population: 1,668 (source: 2010 census)

  • Median age: 43.2
  • Households: 72 percent of residents lived in family households; of those, 46 percent had children younger than 18

Occupations (source: American Community Survey, 2008-2012)

  • 34.3 percent of the workforce in Brownsville worked in management, business, science and arts occupations
  • 19 percent were in service occupations
  • 17.8 percent were in sales and office occupations
  • 14.9 percent were in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations
  • 13.9 percent were in production, transportation, and material moving occupations

Geography (source: Oregon Blue Book)

  • Elevation: 265′
  • Total area: 1.34 square miles

Climate (source: National Weather Service)

  • Average yearly high temperature: 85 degrees, in July
  • Average yearly low temperature: 32.5 degrees, in December
  • Annual yearly rainfall: 42.55 inches of rain per year



Oregon Employment Statistics

Unemployment rates for the Mid-Valley counties are staying at or near record low levels. All four counties were essentially the same as last month. Unemployment rates for various areas are as follows: U.S.: 3.9 percent, Oregon: 3.9 percent, Linn County: 4.3 percent, Marion County: 3.9 percent, Polk County: 3.9, and Yamhill County: 3.5 percent.

With the unemployment rates at these low levels, how long can someone who has just lost their job expect to be unemployed? Tracy Morrissette, the Employment Department’s Local Area Unemployment Statistics Coordinator, is the person to turn to find these numbers and understand them. The graph in the newsletter shows the median duration of unemployment in weeks. The median duration follows increases or decreases in the number of people unemployed. During the last recession the median duration hit 23.3 weeks. Currently, the median duration of unemployment has fallen back within a range of 7.5 and 10.0 weeks (or about two to two and a half months).

The most recent annual data (2017) indicates that the median time a person was unemployed was 8.8 weeks. This indicates that half the people were able to get a new job in less than 8.8 weeks and the other half took more time to find a job, if they found one at all.

NOTE: Starting with the January 2018 data, employment of Oregon’s approximately 17,000 home care workers were counted in private health care and social assistance instead of state government. The change is due to legislative action clarifying that for purposes of workforce and labor market information, home care workers are not employees of state government. The reclassification affects private sector and government monthly change figures for January 2018 and will affect over-the-year change figures through December 2018. It does not affect total payroll employment levels.