These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Oregon For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Oregon are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Oregon, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Beaver State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Oregon based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Oregon ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Oregon for 2019:

  1. North Plains (Photos | Homes)
  2. Jacksonville (Photos | Homes)
  3. Adair Village (Homes)
  4. Maywood Park (Homes)
  5. Eagle Crest (Homes)
  6. Banks (Homes)
  7. Sublimity (Photos | Homes)
  8. Metzger (Homes)
  9. Millersburg (Homes)
  10. Dunes City (Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like North Plains, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Beaver State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Oregon

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 109 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 109, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Oregon. Top of that list — North Plains.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Oregon.

North Plains, OR

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,100
Median Income: $81,607 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $287,700 (17th Best)
More on North Plains: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Jacksonville, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,864
Median Income: $60,625 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $310,200 (13th Best)
More on Jacksonville: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,040
Median Income: $59,479 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $205,100 (39th Best)
More on Adair Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,019
Median Income: $91,042 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $315,400 (11th Best)
More on Maywood Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,872
Median Income: $72,917 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $399,800 (4th Best)
More on Eagle Crest: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,694
Median Income: $88,889 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $256,600 (23rd Best)
More on Banks: Data | Homes For Sale

Sublimity, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,876
Median Income: $59,600 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $250,000 (25th Best)
More on Sublimity: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,876
Median Income: $52,852 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $313,600 (12th Best)
More on Metzger: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,959
Median Income: $78,576 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $260,000 (21st Best)
More on Millersburg: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,304
Median Income: $59,519 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $320,100 (9th Best)
More on Dunes City: Data | Homes For Sale

King City, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,715
Median Income: $52,442 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $236,500 (30th Best)
More on King City: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Dundee, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,205
Median Income: $75,663 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $258,300 (22nd Best)
More on Dundee: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,992
Median Income: $98,958 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $805,000 (1st Best)
More on Stafford: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,590
Median Income: $71,389 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $503,600 (2nd Best)
More on Durham: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,184
Median Income: $55,132 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $267,200 (20th Best)
More on Coburg: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,379
Median Income: $74,167 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $253,500 (24th Best)
More on Yamhill: Data | Homes For Sale

Philomath, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,624
Median Income: $58,250 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $218,700 (34th Best)
More on Philomath: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,257
Median Income: $79,509 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $396,900 (5th Best)
More on Beavercreek: Data | Homes For Sale

Sisters, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,452
Median Income: $56,809 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $282,900 (18th Best)
More on Sisters: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,937
Median Income: $63,875 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $217,400 (35th Best)
More on Carlton: Data | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Oregon are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Oregon:

  1. Rose Lodge
  2. Warm Springs
  3. Falls City

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Oregon

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 North Plains 2,100 $81,607.0 $287,700.0
2 Jacksonville 2,864 $60,625.0 $310,200.0
3 Adair Village 1,040 $59,479.0 $205,100.0
4 Maywood Park 1,019 $91,042.0 $315,400.0
5 Eagle Crest 1,872 $72,917.0 $399,800.0
6 Banks 1,694 $88,889.0 $256,600.0
7 Sublimity 2,876 $59,600.0 $250,000.0
8 Metzger 3,876 $52,852.0 $313,600.0
9 Millersburg 1,959 $78,576.0 $260,000.0
10 Dunes City 1,304 $59,519.0 $320,100.0
11 King City 3,715 $52,442.0 $236,500.0
12 Dundee 3,205 $75,663.0 $258,300.0
13 Stafford 1,992 $98,958.0 $805,000.0
14 Durham 1,590 $71,389.0 $503,600.0
15 Coburg 1,184 $55,132.0 $267,200.0
16 Yamhill 1,379 $74,167.0 $253,500.0
17 Philomath 4,624 $58,250.0 $218,700.0
18 Beavercreek 4,257 $79,509.0 $396,900.0
19 Sisters 2,452 $56,809.0 $282,900.0
20 Carlton 1,937 $63,875.0 $217,400.0
21 Island City 1,208 $53,750.0 $164,300.0
22 Lowell 1,240 $56,726.0 $172,400.0
23 Aurora 1,261 $65,781.0 $321,200.0
24 Cannon Beach 1,517 $48,833.0 $468,100.0
25 Gearhart 1,552 $50,982.0 $298,500.0
26 Terrebonne 1,517 $85,700.0 $138,400.0
27 Joseph 1,064 $46,417.0 $218,800.0
28 John Day 2,071 $44,432.0 $113,500.0
29 Turner 2,221 $64,511.0 $228,600.0
30 Depoe Bay 1,760 $53,150.0 $305,600.0
31 Mount Angel 3,453 $50,703.0 $188,000.0
32 Enterprise 1,917 $41,053.0 $156,900.0
33 Dayton 2,597 $54,265.0 $184,300.0
34 Phoenix 4,522 $39,543.0 $166,200.0
35 Warren 1,897 $63,110.0 $357,800.0
36 Columbia City 2,039 $63,692.0 $243,900.0
37 Hubbard 3,321 $60,338.0 $191,200.0
38 Lafayette 3,992 $57,188.0 $196,500.0
39 Gold Beach 2,363 $38,125.0 $195,100.0
40 Athena 1,149 $65,694.0 $126,800.0
41 Heppner 1,162 $50,000.0 $91,700.0
42 Lincoln Beach 1,571 $38,859.0 $246,300.0
43 Bay City 1,598 $47,448.0 $190,100.0
44 New Hope 1,492 $45,605.0 $301,800.0
45 Gold Hill 1,339 $50,833.0 $155,400.0
46 Waldport 2,200 $45,000.0 $214,200.0
47 Redwood 2,646 $41,058.0 $223,400.0
48 Donald 1,276 $63,889.0 $163,400.0
49 Lyons 1,253 $58,417.0 $177,200.0
50 Odell 1,857 $52,372.0 $211,700.0
51 Jefferson 3,238 $54,515.0 $191,000.0
52 Bandon 3,062 $30,000.0 $200,200.0
53 Aumsville 3,974 $46,919.0 $149,600.0
54 Tangent 1,208 $51,071.0 $189,100.0
55 Hines 1,534 $49,417.0 $112,400.0
56 Estacada 3,155 $54,837.0 $247,500.0
57 Union 2,103 $45,368.0 $129,700.0
58 Toledo 3,514 $48,281.0 $170,800.0
59 Merlin 1,590 $62,041.0 $268,900.0
60 Barview 2,021 $43,510.0 $142,700.0
61 Chenoweth 2,090 $50,667.0 $174,700.0
62 Stanfield 2,662 $55,500.0 $110,800.0
63 Glide 1,533 $41,579.0 $241,700.0
64 Mulino 2,744 $72,364.0 $383,400.0
65 Three Rivers 3,903 $42,706.0 $209,300.0
66 Rogue River 2,487 $33,750.0 $163,100.0
67 Brownsville 1,683 $50,347.0 $170,000.0
68 Myrtle Creek 3,420 $44,124.0 $157,600.0
69 Metolius 1,143 $44,013.0 $78,200.0
70 Grand Ronde 1,666 $46,176.0 $174,700.0
71 Amity 1,698 $53,958.0 $161,700.0
72 Lakeview 2,768 $38,425.0 $115,700.0
73 Lakeside 1,874 $41,298.0 $175,100.0
74 Veneta 4,808 $41,743.0 $180,200.0
75 Reedsport 4,068 $34,047.0 $131,100.0
76 Wood Village 4,028 $50,653.0 $130,400.0
77 Rockaway Beach 1,308 $40,896.0 $167,200.0
78 Vernonia 1,917 $49,861.0 $154,800.0
79 Clatskanie 1,996 $39,545.0 $167,300.0
80 Harrisburg 3,712 $48,189.0 $144,100.0
81 Gervais 2,629 $51,841.0 $142,700.0
82 Cave Junction 2,229 $26,827.0 $120,700.0
83 Irrigon 2,069 $52,500.0 $97,300.0
84 Pilot Rock 1,351 $41,518.0 $109,100.0
85 Vale 2,199 $37,448.0 $91,600.0
86 Rainier 2,080 $50,308.0 $167,000.0
87 Harbor 1,973 $30,541.0 $90,600.0
88 Mill City 1,774 $39,808.0 $158,500.0
89 Boardman 3,310 $52,348.0 $119,900.0
90 Canyonville 2,043 $36,225.0 $119,400.0
91 Cascade Locks 1,289 $42,007.0 $181,400.0
92 Culver 1,860 $45,000.0 $130,600.0
93 Siletz 1,526 $39,044.0 $126,500.0
94 Willamina 2,188 $50,174.0 $142,700.0
95 Riddle 1,277 $43,654.0 $97,200.0
96 Yoncalla 1,202 $37,813.0 $118,900.0
97 Burns 2,736 $35,085.0 $67,900.0
98 Port Orford 1,098 $28,850.0 $163,500.0
99 Williams 1,154 $33,646.0 $317,800.0
100 La Pine 1,957 $33,462.0 $144,500.0

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