These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Oregon For 2018


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 2018:

  1. Jacksonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. King City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Banks (Homes For Sale)
  4. Eagle Crest (Homes For Sale)
  5. Stafford (Homes For Sale)
  6. North Plains (Homes For Sale)
  7. Sublimity (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Metzger (Homes For Sale)
  9. Dundee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Durham (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Jacksonville, 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.

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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 – 107 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 107, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Oregon. Top of that list — Jacksonville.

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

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1. Jacksonville

Jacksonville, OR

Population: 2,845
Median Income: $53,970 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $293,900 (11th Best)
More on Jacksonville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

2. King City

King City, OR

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,599
Median Income: $49,531 (44th Best)
Median Home Value: $217,900 (30th Best)
More on King City: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

3. Banks


Population: 1,688
Median Income: $82,500 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $246,300 (22nd Best)
More on Banks: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Eagle Crest


Population: 1,630
Median Income: $72,847 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $379,800 (4th Best)
More on Eagle Crest: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Stafford


Population: 1,945
Median Income: $125,556 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $758,300 (1st Best)
More on Stafford: Data| Homes For Sale

6. North Plains


Population: 2,072
Median Income: $72,159 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $248,400 (21st Best)
More on North Plains: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Sublimity

Sublimity, OR

Population: 2,845
Median Income: $52,188 (35th Best)
Median Home Value: $234,500 (24th Best)
More on Sublimity: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

8. Metzger


Population: 3,967
Median Income: $49,107 (45th Best)
Median Home Value: $272,300 (15th Best)
More on Metzger: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Dundee

Dundee, OR

Population: 3,203
Median Income: $67,194 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $232,600 (26th Best)
More on Dundee: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

10. Durham


Population: 1,417
Median Income: $65,455 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $455,500 (3rd Best)
More on Durham: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Yamhill


Population: 1,174
Median Income: $72,000 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $233,900 (25th Best)
More on Yamhill: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Island City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 1,225
Median Income: $58,611 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,700 (50th Best)
More on Island City: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Aurora


Population: 1,289
Median Income: $63,750 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $297,500 (10th Best)
More on Aurora: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Dunes City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 1,299
Median Income: $53,220 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $297,800 (9th Best)
More on Dunes City: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Beavercreek


Population: 4,034
Median Income: $83,550 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $365,100 (6th Best)
More on Beavercreek: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Coburg


Population: 1,194
Median Income: $51,394 (40th Best)
Median Home Value: $261,600 (17th Best)
More on Coburg: Data| Homes For Sale

17. New Hope


Population: 1,299
Median Income: $54,485 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $269,700 (16th Best)
More on New Hope: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Sisters

Sisters, OR

Population: 2,330
Median Income: $54,500 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $259,500 (18th Best)
More on Sisters: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

19. Gearhart


Population: 1,498
Median Income: $48,906 (46th Best)
Median Home Value: $308,900 (7th Best)
More on Gearhart: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Cannon Beach


Population: 1,673
Median Income: $49,565 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $492,300 (2nd Best)
More on Cannon Beach: 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. Elgin

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Oregon

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Jacksonville 2,845 $53,970 $293,900
2 King City 3,599 $49,531 $217,900
3 Banks 1,688 $82,500 $246,300
4 Eagle Crest 1,630 $72,847 $379,800
5 Stafford 1,945 $125,556 $758,300
6 North Plains 2,072 $72,159 $248,400
7 Sublimity 2,845 $52,188 $234,500
8 Metzger 3,967 $49,107 $272,300
9 Dundee 3,203 $67,194 $232,600
10 Durham 1,417 $65,455 $455,500
11 Yamhill 1,174 $72,000 $233,900
12 Island City 1,225 $58,611 $170,700
13 Aurora 1,289 $63,750 $297,500
14 Dunes City 1,299 $53,220 $297,800
15 Beavercreek 4,034 $83,550 $365,100
16 Coburg 1,194 $51,394 $261,600
17 New Hope 1,299 $54,485 $269,700
18 Sisters 2,330 $54,500 $259,500
19 Gearhart 1,498 $48,906 $308,900
20 Cannon Beach 1,673 $49,565 $492,300
21 Philomath 4,584 $55,345 $203,800
22 Carlton 1,891 $59,417 $189,500
23 Millersburg 1,963 $71,333 $241,800
24 Columbia City 2,151 $62,275 $249,100
25 Turner 2,304 $61,667 $207,700
26 Warren 1,909 $69,453 $298,600
27 Odell 2,478 $56,058 $212,100
28 Dayton 2,567 $54,375 $172,300
29 Mount Angel 3,429 $41,607 $190,100
30 Lowell 1,147 $55,375 $168,800
31 John Day 1,721 $32,833 $113,200
32 Gold Beach 2,311 $45,042 $174,900
33 Depoe Bay 1,610 $47,339 $273,600
34 Donald 1,173 $58,594 $164,300
35 Enterprise 1,872 $37,941 $154,700
36 Lyons 1,248 $57,750 $180,700
37 Redwood 2,723 $36,435 $228,200
38 Bay City 1,495 $46,750 $181,700
39 Mulino 2,797 $72,813 $367,900
40 Hubbard 3,268 $58,550 $178,800
41 Aumsville 3,899 $47,568 $156,700
42 Lafayette 3,885 $54,811 $170,400
43 Waldport 2,145 $43,646 $197,100
44 Gold Hill 1,302 $47,500 $152,200
45 Terrebonne 1,416 $61,528 $99,500
46 Chenoweth 1,811 $48,527 $171,700
47 Heppner 1,186 $43,333 $96,800
48 Lincoln Beach 1,354 $40,122 $225,200
49 Union 2,182 $43,375 $124,900
50 Harrisburg 3,687 $51,930 $145,200
51 Phoenix 4,528 $35,683 $173,900
52 Glide 1,710 $43,690 $258,800
53 Jefferson 3,207 $51,556 $171,600
54 Stanfield 2,395 $52,155 $112,100
55 Athena 1,134 $59,000 $143,800
56 Tangent 1,172 $48,333 $150,000
57 Bandon 3,078 $28,854 $178,000
58 Rockaway Beach 1,245 $37,083 $165,500
59 Vernonia 1,895 $52,422 $161,500
60 Lakeview 2,867 $38,953 $113,300
61 Estacada 3,051 $50,757 $226,300
62 Hines 1,398 $42,333 $106,600
63 Clatskanie 2,076 $45,956 $169,700
64 Veneta 4,741 $43,750 $174,400
65 Toledo 3,498 $46,415 $163,000
66 Brownsville 1,615 $47,917 $159,200
67 Merlin 1,459 $60,299 $272,700
68 Rogue River 2,472 $32,353 $157,000
69 Gervais 2,591 $51,715 $136,300
70 Grand Ronde 1,598 $40,648 $180,000
71 Amity 1,593 $54,234 $165,000
72 Vale 2,087 $36,103 $92,500
73 Myrtle Creek 3,438 $40,316 $154,000
74 Williams 1,015 $36,186 $291,000
75 Shady Cove 2,994 $31,005 $153,300
76 Reedsport 4,088 $32,677 $134,500
77 Three Rivers 4,438 $43,080 $173,000
78 Canyonville 2,201 $35,757 $119,900
79 Barview 1,945 $40,000 $149,600
80 Irrigon 2,249 $50,675 $103,200
81 Pilot Rock 1,336 $40,547 $106,100
82 Lakeside 1,638 $38,537 $147,000
83 Metolius 1,320 $40,114 $71,400
84 Boardman 3,347 $52,829 $110,400
85 Siletz 1,599 $37,159 $156,100
86 Burns 2,760 $36,396 $68,300
87 Rainier 1,971 $45,938 $160,700
88 Yoncalla 1,109 $32,500 $114,400
89 Riddle 1,259 $42,917 $105,400
90 Wood Village 3,996 $47,786 $111,700
91 Culver 1,486 $42,708 $110,100
92 Mill City 1,828 $38,438 $148,300
93 Port Orford 1,243 $29,583 $167,500
94 Willamina 1,899 $48,750 $137,100
95 Cascade Locks 1,134 $32,443 $171,800
96 Oakridge 3,202 $32,394 $112,200
97 La Pine 1,865 $33,566 $133,800
98 Nyssa 3,202 $42,051 $83,100
99 Myrtle Point 2,505 $35,852 $127,500
100 Cave Junction 2,133 $26,888 $113,900

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