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 117 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:
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 crunched the numbers
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 (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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 117 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.
Population: 108 Median Income: $29,250
Median Home Value: $84,400
Population: 165 Median Income: $29,083
Median Home Value: $93,800
Population: 844 Median Income: $29,539
Median Home Value: $82,200
Population: 198 Median Income: $19,063
Median Home Value: $138,200
Population: 932 Median Income: $26,765
Median Home Value: $150,000
6. Mount Vernon
Population: 601 Median Income: $33,098
Median Home Value: $79,600
7. North Powder
Population: 537 Median Income: $29,643
Median Home Value: $112,500
8. Days Creek
Population: 238 Median Income: $30,000
Median Home Value: $158,300
Population: 875 Median Income: $25,156
Median Home Value: $106,000
Population: 828 Median Income: $33,594
Median Home Value: $99,700
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.
- Best: Rivergrove
- 2nd Best: St. Paul
- 3rd Best: Cloverdale
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