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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. 

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 Outcome Metrics

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...
Here are links to the recorded webinars from the Rural Communities Explorer. The content spans...
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The site joins a suite of online resources, including the Rural Communities Explorer and Tracking...
What makes an area rural or urban? Many definitions of rural and urban have been developed over...

Maps and Tools

With hundreds of map layers available to draw from, you can use the Oregon Explorer Map Viewer... more

Data Collections

Open source searchable data catalog for the US Government.


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