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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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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.