309 South River Street, Ste B
PO Box 427
Enterprise, OR 97828
(541) 426- 4622
(800) 585-4121
Fax (541) 426-2032

County & City
Government –

(Wallowa County area code 541)

Wallowa County Courthouse
101 South River Street
Enterprise, OR  97828
www.co.wallowa.or.us
(541)426-4543

County Departments:

Commissioners,
426-4543 Ext. 130

Mike Hayward, Chair, ext 3
Susan Hayward, ext. 4
Paul Castilleja, ext. 2

Assessor Office
Gay Fregulia
426-4543 Ext. 149

County Clerk
Dana Roberts
426-4543 Ext.158

Planning Department
Harold Black, ext. 170

Public Works, Roads
Russ McMartin
426-3332

Sheriff Department
104 W. Greenwood
Enterprise, OR  97828
(541)426-3131

Local City Governments: 

City of Enterprise
Mayor Steve Lear
426-4196

City of Joseph
Mayor Dennis Sands
432-3832

City of Lostine
Mayor Craig Norton
569-2415

City of Wallowa
Mayor Ron Philbrook
886-2422

Business Services –

(Wallowa County area code 541)

Wallowa County
Chamber of Commerce

Vicki Searles, Executive Director
PO Box 427
309 South River St., Ste B Enterprise, OR  97828
Phone: 426-4622

Wallowa County
Business Facilitation

Catherine Matthias, Facilitator
E-mail: facilitator@
wallowacountybusiness.org

PO Box 995
Joseph, OR  97846  
Phone: 426-5858

Wallowa Resources
Nils Christoffersen, Director
PO Box 274
401 NE First St., Ste A
Enterprise, OR  97828
Phone: 426-8053

Small Business Development Center
Greg Smith, Director
Eastern Oregon University
1607 Gekeler Ln Suite 148
La Grande OR 97850
(541)962-1532
E-mail: sbdc@eou.edu

Northeast Oregon
Economic Development District

Lisa Dawson, Director
101 NE First Street, Suite 100
Enterprise, OR   97828
Phone: (541)426-3598

Training & Employment Consortium
Marilyn Dalton, Director
Prairie Creek Center
PO Box 585/104 Litch Street
Enterprise, OR  97828
Phone: 426-3149

Social Services –

(Wallowa County area code 541)

Building Healthy Families
103 N Hwy 82, Suite #2
Enterprise, OR 97828
426-9411

Child Care Resource & Referral
PO Box 2979
La Grande, OR  97850
(541)426-3149
wadsk@tecteam.org

Commission on Children & Families
101 S. River Street, Drawer 10
Enterprise, OR  97828
426-4543 ext. 44

Community Connection of
NE Oregon

702 NW First
Enterprise, OR  97828
426-3840

Employment Department
Prairie Creek Center
104 Litch St.
Enterprise, OR  97828
426-4972

Health Department
758 NW First
Enterprise, OR  97828
426-4848

Seniors & People w/Disabilities
104 Litch Street
Enterprise, OR  97828
426-3155

Training & Employment  Consortium
Prairie Creek Center
104 Litch Street
Enterprise, OR  97828
426-3149

2006
Real Estate – 

Price range
Average price of unit type:

Residential Homes $153,913
Manufactured Homes $110,000
Property Lots $110,000
Commercial Lands $240,180

Average cost of housing by size:

1 Bedroom Home: $68,570
2 Bedroom Home: $93,851
3 Bedroom Home: $127,543
Larger Homes: $204,613+

Property Taxes:

Enterprise 17.12%
Joseph 13.16%
Lostine 11.94%
Wallowa 14.38%

Airport Services –

Enterprise Municipal Airport
(541) 426-3562
Length 2850 ft., width 50ft., paved
Elev. 3957 ft., single/light twin aircrafts

Joseph State Airport
(503) 378-4880
Length 5200 ft, width 60ft., paved
Elev. 4122 ft., 2 engine planes/light jets

Eastern Oregon Regional Airport
(541) 276-7754
Located in Pendleton OR
Commuter services, 115 mi from Enterprise

Lewiston-Nez Perce Regional Airport
(208) 746-7962
Located in Lewiston, ID
Commuter services, 85 mi from Enterprise

Tri Cities Airport
(509) 547-6352
3601 N 20th Ave
Pasco, WA 99301
www.portofpasco.org
Full passenger services,
148 mi from Enterprise

 

Economic and Community Profile

Wallowa County, Oregon
2008 Economic & Community Profile

Population

Wallowa County Land Area:
3,153 square miles

Wallowa County Map
Population 2000 2004 2006 2008 2010
Enterprise 1,895 1,940 1,945 1,975 1,975
Joseph 1,055 1,080 1,095 1,105 1,125
Lostine 265 250 250 250 250
Wallowa 870 870 870 890 890
Unincorporated 3,165 3,010 2,980 2,895 2,845
Totals:          
Wallowa County 7,250 7,150 7,140 7,115 7,085
 

Estimated Driving Times and Distances:

Time & Mileage to Wallowa County (Enterprise)

Starting at: Miles Hours Starting at: Miles Hours
Astoria, Oregon 425 8 hours Boise, Idaho 234 5 hours
Baker City, Oregon 107 2 hours, 30 minutes Denver, Colorado 1061 18 hours
Bend, Oregon 336 7 hours 15 minutes Lewiston, Idaho 87 2 hours 15 minutes
Eugene, Oregon 426 8 hours Phoenix, Arizona 1276 24 hours
La Grande, Oregon 65 1 hour 45 minutes Reno, Nevada 601 13 hours
Medford, Oregon 558 10 hours 30 minutes San Francisco, California 818 16 hours 30 minutes
Pendleton, Oregon 115 2 hours 30 minutes Seattle, Washington 397 7 hours 30 minutes
Portland, Oregon 324 6 hours 15 minutes Spokane, Washington 191 5 hours 30 minutes
Salem, Oregon 371 7 hours 15 minutes Pasco, Washington 148 4 hours 30 minutes

Wallowa County Climate

A mountain range encircles the more populated centers of the county; protecting the valleys from severe weather impacts of regional storms. Summers are warm and pleasant. Extreme temperatures in the high 90°-100°’s are typical for short periods in late July and August. The major portion of precipitation emerges in late spring and fall. Light snow can be expected in the valleys by late November and recurs periodically until April. Brief heavy snow may occur in the valleys from November to February. Generally, heavy snow occurs at the higher elevations; which produce snow packs that often remain year around on high mountain peaks of the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Source: George Taylor, State Climatologists & Cadd Hale & Sarah Joos, Publication Assistants

Joseph Sta. Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Normal Monthly Maximum Temp 37 40 46 53 60 67 79 80 69 57 44 35
Normal Monthly Minimum Temp 18 20 24 29 36 42 47 46 40 31 25 17
Extreme Monthly High Temp 57 59 69 76 82 87 95 94 94 82 70 54
Extreme Monthly Low Temp -22 -25 2 11 18 26 31 33 20 11 7 -17
Normal Precipitation Totals 1.16 .97 1.31 1.59 2.71 1.64 1.29 .74 1.68 1.37 1.56 1.03
Avg. Ground Snow Depth 2.6 2.6 1.3 .3 - - - - - - .4 .7
Extreme Ground Snow Depth 18 11 10 6 2 - - - - 3 6 7
Normal Snowfall Totals 11.5 6.1 9.5 5.5 .4 - - - - 1.5 5.6 5.8

General Demographics

Wallowa County land area in square miles 3,153

Population (2010) 7,085

Population density (persons per square mile) 2.2

Population percent of the State 0.2%

Source: PSU, Population Research Center & Oregon Employment Department

County Age Groups (2010)

Children, Ages 0-17 years 20.3%

Adults, ages 18-64 years 60%

Adults, ages 65+ years 22.2%

Source: PSU, Population Research Center

Community Age Groups (Wallowa County)

Age Groups 1970 1980 1990 2000 2005-2009*
Under 5 years of age 423 547 473 354 292
Ages 5-19 years 1,815 1,646 1,487 1,537 1,126
Ages 20-44 years 1,631 2,402 2,215 1,800 1,426
Ages 45-64 years 1,552 1,598 1,499 2,171 2,430
65+ years 826 1,237 1,080 1,364 1,551
Median Age 34.8 33.5 37.6 44.4 50.3

*U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey estimates

Population Characteristics (2005-2009)

Population (Total 102.7%, some figures overlap)  
White – European population 96.9%
Hispanic population 2.6 %
American Indian/Alaskan Native Population 1.0%
Black American population 0.02%
Asian population 0.6%
Other two or more races 1.4%

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Income (Per Capita Income)

2002 Income Per Capita Income $25,475
2004 Income Per Capita Income $27,960
2006 Income Per Capita Income $29,931
2008 Income Per Capita Income $32,344
2008 Median Household Income $42,559
2000 Median Household Income $33,257

Source US Census Bureau; Bureau of Economic Analysis

Size of Firm (Private Sector)

0-4 employees 72.3%
5-9 employees 19.0%
10-19 employees 6.2%
20-49 employees 2.5%

Source: Oregon Employment Department

Number of Employers (2009)

Wallowa County Number Entities Total Payroll Average Pay
Total of All Industry 409 $65,227,253 $27,615
   Total Private 360 $39,593,015 $23,952
   Total Government 49 $25,634,238 $36,155

Source: Oregon Employment Department

Civilian Labor Force

Wallowa County 2000 2005 2009 2010
Total Labor Force 3,498 3,574 3,732 3,844
Total Employment 3,234 3,306 3,292 3,381
% of Unemployment 7.5% 7.5% 11.8% 12.0%

Source: Oregon Employment Department

Employment
Labor Force by Industry

Percentage representing labor force 2010
TOTAL PRIVATE 68.6%
Natural Resources & Mining 2.5%
Construction 6.4%
Manufacturing 4.7%
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 16.9%
Information   .8%
Financial Activities 7.2%
Professional & Business Services 5.1%
Education & Health Services 9.7%
Leisure & Hospitality 11.0%
Other Services 4.2%
GOVERNMENT 31.8%
Federal 5.1%
State 5.1%
Local Government 21.6%

Source: Oregon Employment Department

PDF Links to more detailed information about Wallowa County (pdf files)

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