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Rural Communities

Information to help local residents and policymakers make decisions about rural communities including vitality and changes in Oregon's communities.

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Access Community Data

The CRT is a unique resource for community  leaders  that links places and counties in Oregon and Siskiyou County to data gathered by various agencies. 

Access Progress Indicators

The TOP Indicators project tracks a key set of metrics that reflect state priorities as expressed in the Oregon Benchmarks and the 10-year Plan.

Access Data Discussions

All the short format webinars from the the Rural Communities Explorer team are available for online viewing. 

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Articles & Stories

In a recent Rural Studies Working Paper, researchers examined three nationwide systems for...
In October 2016 we will be launching a new version of the Communities Reporter Tool that will...
For help getting started accessing community data watch the quick start guide below. If you have...
Classifications provide a means to easily and concisely communicate a lot of information in a...
Data about the food system indicate the extent to which individuals in an area have access to...

Maps and Tools

Get a spatial overview of community abilities to access healthy food at the USDA Economic Research... more

Data Collections

Food for Oregon, a database of local and regional community food resources in Oregon. The aim... more

About This Topic

The Rural Communities Explorer digital library provides public access to reliable and up-to-date social, demographic, economic, and environmental information about Oregon's and Siskiyou County, California counties and communities. Through the regular collection, maintenance, analysis, and presentation of community-level data, rural research, and local stories, the Rural Communities Explorer can reveal: The economy, environment, and demography of rural and urban communities in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California; The extent of rural community vitality in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California Focus areas for policy or program influence and action; The causes, consequences, and significance of rural issues; How communities work and change; Where additional rural resources are and how to use them.
The Ford Family Foundation
Oregon State University
Oregon State Units
Institute for Natural Resources
Oregon Community Foundation