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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.

Communities Reporter Tracking Oregons Progress Logo 10 year plan

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. 

Key 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.

Measures Guiding Policy

Multi-organizational site providing maps & charts to visualize trends relating to the vision and strategies presented in Oregon’s 10-Year Plan. 

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Articles & Stories

In a recent Rural Studies Working Paper, researchers examined three nationwide systems for...
What makes an area rural or urban? Many definitions of rural and urban have been developed over...
Community Vitality is a way of looking at and thinking about communities, and...
Data about crime and abuse in a community illustrate the extent to which atypical, anti-social...
This blog is operated by Lena Etuk, a Social Demographer at Oregon State University Extension...

Maps and Tools

Create maps of the number of century and sesquicentennial farms and ranches by county with the... more

Data Collections

The Oregon Spatial Data Library... 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.
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Institute for Natural Resources
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