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Joseph, Oregon - Basic Facts

The City of Joseph had a population of 1,241 as of July 1, 2020. Joseph ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Oregon. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Joseph is located at latitude 45.3543 and longitude -117.2296 in Wallowa County. The formal boundaries for the City of Joseph encompass a land area of 0.88 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Wallowa County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 4,180 feet.

The City of Joseph (GNIS ID: 2410150) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Oregon is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Joseph is located within Joseph Division of Wallowa County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Joseph: Chief Joseph.


Joseph, OR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,241 (100%)
Population in Households 1,222 (98.5%)
Population in Families 936 (75.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 19 ( 1.5%)
Population Density 1,350
Diversity Index2 15


Median Household Income $56,332
Average Household Income $74,095
% of Income for Mortgage4 23%
Per Capita Income $34,694
Wealth Index5 78


Total HU (Housing Units) 688 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 378 (54.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 213 (31.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 97 (14.1%)
Median Home Value $315,972
Average Home Value $399,604
Housing Affordability Index3 111


Total Households 591
Average Household Size 2.07
Family Households 373
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.33% 0.98%
Households 1.43% 1.03%
Families 1.95% 0.9%
Median Household Income   2.56%
Per Capita Income   2.42%
Owner Occupied HU   0.99%


Joseph, OR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Joseph to the other 378 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Oregon by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 200 47th
Population Density # 172 55th
Median Household Income # 179 53rd
Housing Affordability Index # 135 36th
Per Capita Income # 113 70th
Diversity Index # 370 2nd

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