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Rural Communities

Rural Communities

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

This report, a partnership between RCE and The Ford Family Foundation, offers a suite of high value community measures and displays them in an easy-to-digest format that includes charts and infographics.

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.

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.

Articles & Stories

In a recent Rural Studies Working Paper, researchers examined three nationwide systems for defining...
Classifications provide a means to easily and concisely communicate a lot of information in a brief...
Broadly speaking, natural resources are those naturally occuring substances that are of value. When...
Data about income illustrate the extent and prevalence of economic wellbeing experienced by...
Data about population size and distribution illustrate where and how many people inhabit an area....

Maps and Tools

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