The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that close to 50 percent of all households in the region are married-couple families, with or without children, while almost 14 percent are single-parent households. The region has more married-couple families and fewer single-parent households when compared with households in the state and nation overall.
Grandparents Living with Grandchildren
According to the U.S. Census Bureau estimates, there are 3,745 grandparents living with their grandchildren in the region and 44 percent of them are responsible for their grandchildren. Statewide, 37.5 percent of grandparents who live with their grandchildren are responsible for them.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that nearly half (47 percent) of the owner-occupied housing units in the region are valued at $100,000 to $249,999. More than half of the owner-occupied housing units in Linn County are estimated to have values greater than $150,000, while in Lincoln County and in the state on average, more than half have a value greater than $200,000. Benton County is higher than the state average, with more than half of owner-occupied units valued greater than $250,000.
Residential Property Sales
Residential property sales by taxlot during the past ten years are seen in the graphic below; specifically of note is the decline during the recession beginning in 2007 through 2009. Only one sale per taxlot was included per year and sales which did not represent market values were excluded.
Similar to in Oregon overall, the majority, or close to the majority, of housing units that are owner occupied throughout the region have a mortgage, contract to purchase, or similar debt. Likewise, over a third of housing units occupied by owners in the region have no mortgage, which is higher than the statewide proportion.
The majority of housing vacancies in Benton and Linn counties are for rent as residences, while the majority in Lincoln County are designated for “seasonal, recreational or occasional use.”
According to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, half of the vacant housing units in the region are for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use. This likely indicates tourism-related use and second homes. See Tourism for more information.