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Letter: Average county income nowhere near $69K

William Barnett re household income

Published on November 13, 2018 9:49AM

Regarding the statement “The average household income in the county is $69,000 a year, meaning the average affordable home price is $240,000” (“Study: Variety the biggest housing need in Clatsop County,” The Daily Astorian, Oct. 31):

If Bill Gates happened to be driving down U.S. Highway 101 that day, average county income might be $6 million dollars or so, for a while. Why not use the mean income for stories like this one (half above/half below the mean value). I bet it’s nowhere near $69,000 in Clatsop County.

Additional gripe: “Reticent” doesn’t mean “reluctant”(“Gearhart woman chosen to help decorate the White House for Christmas,” The Daily Astorian, Oct. 31).

William Barnett



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