According to a report on the CNN Money website, in Oregon the average care for an infant represented more than 18% of the median income for a married couple last year.
One can question why this is so. Per the data supporting this report: Blame it on differences in labor costs, state regulations and cost of living expenses, such as housing, food and utilities.
Last year, average center-based child care costs rose by nearly 3% nationwide, according to a report from the nonprofit Child Care Aware of America.
To determine affordability, Child Care Aware compared average child care costs to the state's median family income. Oregon was the least affordable state, with average care for an infant representing more than 18% of the median income for a married couple.
Least affordable states for child care
State Avg. cost of center-based infant care Median income for married couple Percent of Income
Oregon $13,452 $72,226 18.60%
New York $14,939 $90,725 16.50%
Minnesota $13,876 $89,608 15.50%
Massachusetts $16,430 $109,090 15.10%
Colorado $12,736 $85,137 15.00%
The unanswered question is how will this trend continue? Have these costs already impacted families in Corvallis as evidenced by downward trends in school enrollment in Corvallis School District 509J?
Will increased taxes in Corvallis and Benton County and fewer families with school age children be a continuing trend? Probable perhaps, possible definitely when compared to school census data for Corvallis School District 509J since 2004 and recent history of tax levies as a necessity to run Corvallis Government.
Young families with school age children are essential to the health of any community. Are these facts relevant to the needs/wants analysis in looking forward at future planning for current leadership in Corvallis? Time will be the final arbiter of this conundrum.