Most Americans have never been to small town Oregon. However, as the Oregonian who live there know, small town Oregon is an awesome place to call home.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Oregon has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using Saturday Night Science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Beaver State. Don’t freak out, we will use data to show which places have high crime, poverty, and unemployment.
After analyzing more than 116 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 2023? According to the most recent census data, Warm Springs is the worst small town to live in Oregon.
While many of these small towns have seen better days, they have wonderful communities and people. This report in no way means to knock the folks that call towns like Warm Springs home. Everyone
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
The 10 Worst Small Towns In Oregon For 2023
Median Home Value: $94,200 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (12th worst)
Median Home Value: $191,300 (30th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (6th worst)
Median Home Value: $183,900 (26th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.9% (17th worst)
Median Home Value: $175,800 (24th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.2% (7th worst)
Median Home Value: $85,000 (worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (37th worst)
Median Home Value: $167,000 (23rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.3% (3rd worst)
Median Home Value: $115,900 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (18th worst)
Median Home Value: $195,500 (35th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.9% (4th worst)
Median Home Value: $125,500 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.8% (2nd worst)
Median Home Value: $194,100 (32nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (24th worst)
Methodology: How do you decide if a small place in Oregon is lousy or not?
To rank the worst small towns to live in Oregon, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. Assuming that people like low crime, solid education, things to do, and a stable economy isn’t a stretch.
We then analyzed the criteria using Saturday Night Science, the thinking you’d use at a bar. It seems like even your crazy Uncle would agree that a town with high crime is worse than a town with low crime; all else the same.
- 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 many – 116 to be exact.
We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets them from the cities. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
We base all our research on facts, which is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2023, which is our tenth time ranking the worst small places to live in Oregon.
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:
- Lafayette (Pop. 4,369)
- North Plains (Pop. 3,280)
- Maywood Park (Pop. 1,054)
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Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Oregon