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NEW!!! Mobile Device Website

Browse community measures on the move! The new mobile device Community Reporter Tool database is now live. Simply navigate to the website and it will recognize the device you are using. Mobile phones and tablets will be directed to the new optimized website while desktop and laptop computers will be sent to the site for standard web browsers. Community data is now literally at your fingertips!

Tracking Oregon’s Progress (TOP) Indicators

This new addition to the Rural Communities Explorer’s Communities Reporter Tool presents data and information to help Oregonians understand where we’ve been and where we’re headed on issues related to a healthy economy, healthy people & communities, and a healthy environment.


Sponsored by The Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon State University (Rural Studies Program, Extension Service, and Libraries & Press), Oregon University System Institute for Natural Resources, and the Ford Family Foundation

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Video Introduction to the Rural Communites Explorer 


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In a recent Rural Studies Working Paper, researchers examined three nationwide systems for defining rural and urban areas. They found that the choice of classification system has far-reaching research and policy implications.