Most Americans have never been to Oregon. However, as the people who live there know, Oregon is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Oregon has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Beaver State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 107 of Oregon’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Oregon where you’d never want to live:
So what is the worst small town to call home in Oregon for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Warm Springs is the worst small town to live in Oregon.
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Oregon has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Oregon, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we determined the worst small towns to live in Oregon for 2019
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 107 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $108,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 28.9% (1st worst)
More on Warm Springs: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $118,600 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (31st worst)
More on Rose Lodge: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $161,400 (42nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.4% (29th worst)
More on Bunker Hill: Data
Rank Last Year: –
Median Home Value: $126,700 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.1% (5th worst)
More on Falls City: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $144,500 (35th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (38th worst)
More on La Pine: Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $97,200 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.4% (7th worst)
More on Riddle: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $163,500 (46th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.7% (2nd worst)
More on Port Orford: Data
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Oregon
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Beaver State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Oregon, according to science:
- North Plains (Pop. 2,100)
- Maywood Park (Pop. 1,019)
- Banks (Pop. 1,694)
For more Oregon reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Oregon
- 10 Safest Places In Oregon
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Oregon
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Oregon
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Oregon