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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Oregon (in which to live):
If you live in one of these small towns like Rivergrove, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Oregon.
How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Oregon
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
- High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
- Crime Rates (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 68 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 68, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Oregon. Top of that list — Rivergrove.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Oregon. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Oregon.
Population 2014: 267 Median Income: $107,917
Median Home Price: $536,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,212
2. Adair Village
Population: 955 Median Income: $63,787
Median Home Price: $208,500
Crime Per 100k: 3,543
3. Maywood Park
Population 2014: 1,008 Median Income: $69,038
Median Home Price: $284,100
Crime Per 100k: 948
Population 2014: 913 Median Income: $74,293
Median Home Price: $270,500
Crime Per 100k: 2,577
Population 2014: 675 Median Income: $42,396
Median Home Price: $334,500
Crime Per 100k: 2,396
Population 2014: 212 Median Income: $48,125
Median Home Price: $259,300
Crime Per 100k: 3,253
Population 2014: 302 Median Income: $55,909
Median Home Price: $275,000
Crime Per 100k: 3,455
Population 2014: 1,000 Median Income: $37,824
Median Home Price: $164,900
Crime Per 100k: 1,329
Population 2014: 146 Median Income: $40,781
Median Home Price: $270,800
Crime Per 100k: 3,238
Population 2014: 342 Median Income: $83,182
Median Home Price: $161,700
Crime Per 100k: 3,421
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 10 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:
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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Oregon