These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Oregon For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Oregon have the most for people looking to make the move to Oregon.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Oregon a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Oregon.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Beaver State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Oregon, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 29 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Beaver State for 2018:

  1. Washington County (Photos)
  2. Clackamas County (Photos)
  3. Columbia County (Photos)
  4. Benton County (Photos)
  5. Multnomah County (Photos)
  6. Yamhill County (Photos)
  7. Polk County (Photos)
  8. Deschutes County (Photos)
  9. Clatsop County (Photos)
  10. Curry County (Photos)

Washington County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Oregon. And you might want to avoid Malheur County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Oregon, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Oregon and the best places to raise a family in Oregon.

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How do you determine which Oregon county is the best?

To give you the best county in Oregon, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Oregon across each of the criteria from one to 29, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Oregon’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Beaver State.

Read on to see why Washington County is the best county, while Malheur County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Oregon.

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1. Washington County

Beaverton, OR

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Biggest Place: Portland
Population: 564,088
Median Income: $69,743 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $301,600 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (3rd best)
More on Washington County: PhotosData

2. Clackamas County

Canby, OR

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Biggest Place: Portland
Population: 394,967
Median Income: $68,915 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $319,100 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (5th best)
More on Clackamas County: PhotosData

3. Columbia County

Columbia City, OR

Biggest Place: St. Helens
Population: 49,645
Median Income: $55,146 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $213,200 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (14th best)
More on Columbia County: PhotosData

4. Benton County

Albany, OR

Biggest Place: Corvallis
Population: 87,455
Median Income: $52,015 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $276,900 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (11th best)
More on Benton County: PhotosData

5. Multnomah County

Fairview, OR

Biggest Place: Portland
Population: 778,193
Median Income: $57,449 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $297,300 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (11th best)
More on Multnomah County: PhotosData

6. Yamhill County

Dayton, OR

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Biggest Place: McMinnville
Population: 102,217
Median Income: $54,951 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $236,300 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.2% (13th best)
More on Yamhill County: PhotosData

7. Polk County

Dallas, OR

Biggest Place: Salem
Population: 78,470
Median Income: $54,010 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $215,000 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (20th best)
More on Polk County: PhotosData

8. Deschutes County

Bend, OR

Biggest Place: Bend
Population: 170,813
Median Income: $54,211 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $275,300 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (7th best)
More on Deschutes County: PhotosData

9. Clatsop County

Astoria, OR

Biggest Place: Astoria
Population: 37,660
Median Income: $47,492 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $245,400 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (6th best)
More on Clatsop County: PhotosData

10. Curry County

Brookings, OR

Biggest Place: Brookings
Population: 22,364
Median Income: $38,661 (26th best)
Median Home Price: $222,100 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (25th best)
More on Curry County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Oregon To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Oregon can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Oregon according to the data:

  1. Malheur County
  2. Jefferson County
  3. Klamath County

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Oregon

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Washington County 1 564,088 $69,743 $301,600
Clackamas County 2 394,967 $68,915 $319,100
Columbia County 3 49,645 $55,146 $213,200
Benton County 4 87,455 $52,015 $276,900
Multnomah County 5 778,193 $57,449 $297,300
Yamhill County 6 102,217 $54,951 $236,300
Polk County 7 78,470 $54,010 $215,000
Deschutes County 8 170,813 $54,211 $275,300
Clatsop County 9 37,660 $47,492 $245,400
Curry County 10 22,364 $38,661 $222,100
Union County 11 25,758 $45,564 $170,500
Wasco County 12 25,657 $46,814 $182,300
Lincoln County 13 46,685 $41,303 $216,300
Linn County 14 119,862 $46,782 $173,100
Tillamook County 15 25,552 $43,777 $222,700
Morrow County 16 11,207 $54,441 $124,400
Lane County 17 360,273 $45,222 $221,000
Grant County 18 7,227 $40,193 $158,800
Coos County 19 62,944 $39,110 $169,900
Marion County 20 326,527 $50,775 $192,900
Douglas County 21 107,375 $42,052 $170,000
Jackson County 22 210,916 $46,343 $224,500
Umatilla County 23 76,582 $49,287 $143,400
Harney County 24 7,214 $38,431 $104,300
Josephine County 25 84,063 $37,867 $225,100
Crook County 26 21,334 $39,583 $172,600
Klamath County 27 65,946 $41,951 $148,100
Jefferson County 28 22,305 $47,063 $159,400
Malheur County 29 30,474 $34,720 $123,400

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