These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Oregon For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in OR are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Oregon.

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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:

These are the worst small towns in Oregon for 2019:

  1. Warm Springs
  2. Rose Lodge
  3. Bunker Hill
  4. Burns (Photos)
  5. Falls City
  6. Nyssa (Photos)
  7. Oakridge (Photos)
  8. La Pine
  9. Riddle
  10. Port Orford

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.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Oregon or the worst places to live in Oregon.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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.

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4
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Population: 3,555
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $108,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 28.9% (1st worst)
More on Warm Springs:  Data

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Population: 1,478
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $118,600 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (31st worst)
More on Rose Lodge:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,517
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $161,400 (42nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.4% (29th worst)
More on Bunker Hill:  Data

Burns, OR

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4
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Population: 2,736
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $67,900 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.6% (4th worst)
More on Burns:  Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
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4
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Population: 1,055
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $126,700 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.1% (5th worst)
More on Falls City:  Data

Nyssa, OR

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5
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Population: 3,174
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $89,600 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.1% (12th worst)
More on Nyssa:  Data | Photos

Oakridge, OR

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4
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Population: 3,228
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $109,400 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.9% (20th worst)
More on Oakridge:  Data | Photos

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4
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Population: 1,957
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $144,500 (35th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (38th worst)
More on La Pine:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,277
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $97,200 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.4% (7th worst)
More on Riddle:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,098
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:

  1. North Plains (Pop. 2,100)
  2. Maywood Park (Pop. 1,019)
  3. Banks (Pop. 1,694)

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Oregon

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Warm Springs 3,555 28.9% $108,500
2 Rose Lodge 1,478 11.1% $118,600
3 Bunker Hill 1,517 11.4% $161,400
4 Burns 2,736 18.6% $67,900
5 Falls City 1,055 18.1% $126,700
6 Nyssa 3,174 14.1% $89,600
7 Oakridge 3,228 12.9% $109,400
8 La Pine 1,957 10.1% $144,500
9 Riddle 1,277 16.4% $97,200
10 Port Orford 1,098 23.7% $163,500
11 Lakeview 2,768 9.3% $115,700
12 Myrtle Point 2,488 13.0% $134,900
13 Vale 2,199 9.9% $91,600
14 Siletz 1,526 11.6% $126,500
15 Boardman 3,310 5.6% $119,900
16 Rockaway Beach 1,308 12.4% $167,200
17 Canyonville 2,043 6.5% $119,400
18 Cave Junction 2,229 6.5% $120,700
19 Culver 1,860 14.1% $130,600
20 Coquille 3,846 23.2% $134,500
21 Reedsport 4,068 11.4% $131,100
22 Elgin 1,451 10.9% $120,800
23 Harrisburg 3,712 13.1% $144,100
24 Williams 1,154 10.7% $317,800
25 Irrigon 2,069 8.2% $97,300
26 Metolius 1,143 8.2% $78,200
27 Wood Village 4,028 5.9% $130,400
28 Cascade Locks 1,289 12.5% $181,400
29 Mill City 1,774 11.9% $158,500
30 Gervais 2,629 15.3% $142,700
31 Yoncalla 1,202 8.0% $118,900
32 Willamina 2,188 12.9% $142,700
33 Stanfield 2,662 9.9% $110,800
34 Clatskanie 1,996 15.1% $167,300
35 Grand Ronde 1,666 9.3% $174,700
36 Veneta 4,808 3.8% $180,200
37 Rainier 2,080 14.3% $167,000
38 Toledo 3,514 6.5% $170,800
39 Lakeside 1,874 10.6% $175,100
40 Vernonia 1,917 8.5% $154,800
41 Myrtle Creek 3,420 9.8% $157,600
42 Gold Beach 2,363 6.5% $195,100
43 Bandon 3,062 3.5% $200,200
44 Lincoln Beach 1,571 17.6% $246,300
45 Three Rivers 3,903 5.3% $209,300
46 Pilot Rock 1,351 8.8% $109,100
47 Rogue River 2,487 8.3% $163,100
48 Amity 1,698 15.3% $161,700
49 Hines 1,534 13.7% $112,400
50 Barview 2,021 9.7% $142,700
51 Glide 1,533 11.6% $241,700
52 Redwood 2,646 8.6% $223,400
53 Jefferson 3,238 8.3% $191,000
54 Athena 1,149 6.9% $126,800
55 Terrebonne 1,517 11.7% $138,400
56 Union 2,103 5.0% $129,700
57 New Hope 1,492 10.3% $301,800
58 Chenoweth 2,090 7.3% $174,700
59 John Day 2,071 5.1% $113,500
60 Heppner 1,162 6.5% $91,700
61 Aumsville 3,974 7.7% $149,600
62 Brownsville 1,683 4.7% $170,000
63 Gold Hill 1,339 8.7% $155,400
64 Tangent 1,208 14.0% $189,100
65 Enterprise 1,917 8.2% $156,900
66 Phoenix 4,522 13.4% $166,200
67 Dayton 2,597 8.2% $184,300
68 Waldport 2,200 6.2% $214,200
69 Hubbard 3,321 7.1% $191,200
70 Lafayette 3,992 5.1% $196,500
71 Mulino 2,744 13.4% $383,400
72 Donald 1,276 10.8% $163,400
73 Lyons 1,253 10.2% $177,200
74 Estacada 3,155 4.4% $247,500
75 Mount Angel 3,453 1.5% $188,000
76 Cannon Beach 1,517 2.7% $468,100
77 Gearhart 1,552 4.9% $298,500
78 Bay City 1,598 5.2% $190,100
79 Joseph 1,064 3.4% $218,800
80 Merlin 1,590 7.0% $268,900
81 Depoe Bay 1,760 5.1% $305,600
82 Island City 1,208 2.2% $164,300
83 Columbia City 2,039 11.4% $243,900
84 Sisters 2,452 3.3% $282,900
85 Turner 2,221 7.7% $228,600
86 Philomath 4,624 5.6% $218,700
87 Warren 1,897 3.4% $357,800
88 Carlton 1,937 4.2% $217,400
89 Lowell 1,240 1.4% $172,400
90 Coburg 1,184 7.7% $267,200
91 Dunes City 1,304 2.6% $320,100
92 Aurora 1,261 8.5% $321,200
93 Beavercreek 4,257 4.2% $396,900
94 Metzger 3,876 0.7% $313,600
95 Durham 1,590 6.4% $503,600
96 Stafford 1,992 5.2% $805,000
97 Millersburg 1,959 1.5% $260,000
98 King City 3,715 2.8% $236,500
99 Dundee 3,205 3.3% $258,300
100 Eagle Crest 1,872 2.1% $399,800

10 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Oregon For 2019

  1. Getting ready to build a new home right between #8 Long Creek and #4 Monument. Can’t wait to get the heck away from city folks.

  2. I have lived in Portland for 15 years, but am from eastern Oregon. Having experience living in both rural and metropolitan areas, I can tell you that there are a lot of things that I miss about eastern Oregon, not the least of which is the wonderful, down-to-earth, people that live there. Most live there by choice to get away from the rat race in metro living. You can breathe fresh air, drive without the jerk behind you tailgating and cussing you out, enjoy the beautiful expanse of wilderness, and you can actually see the stars at nighttime… hmmmm, sounds to me like eastern Oregon is a terrible place to live 😉 Don’t ever move there! LOL

      1. Oh you guys are making it sound great. I live in the city with my family. We have had it. Im tired of it. I am trying to figure out what to do for work out there. I want a tiny house out there. Thanks for the extra info. Geez it sounds swell. Lol.

  3. LOL, I grew up in a small farming community. I have never lived in any of these towns but I have for some obscure reason visited or driving through them and I would never ever consider raising a family or retiring in any of the towns. Education, medical, and crime rate, etc. etc. just to name a few.

  4. I’ve spent almost all of my summers and nearly as many winter vacations in Seneca, 33 years now. It’s one of my favorite places in this whole country, and I’ve visited almost every state. Seneca is ridiculously beautiful and the people are friendly.

  5. Uh, I think some of the numbers are messed up. Both Joseph and Prairie City have quite a few more people living there than “1”…

    Normally I am a staunch defender of small towns in Eastern Oregon (which you have to understand mostly doesn’t have the per capita to qualify as rural, so it’s still technically considered “frontier”). However, I’d have to agree with most of the list here. But, between these towns there are also some real gems. (but I won’t spill the beans)

  6. Ukiah’s $204,500 medium home price is the value of all of the houses there. The town is filled with older double wide trailers. Someone is feeding you BS.

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