Posted by: Josh Lehner | September 1, 2015

Rural Oregon

In recent years our office has conducted various analyses and reports with an eye toward the differences between the state’s urban centers and rural Oregon more broadly. Mark in particular has given a number of talks and presentations in and on rural Oregon. These include the annual Oregon Coast Economic Summit, meeting with and a visit to northeastern Oregon including the Port of Morrow, and probably the largest project was Mark’s address at the Oregon Economic Forum last year on the impact of migration to Oregon. Additionally in recent years the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors has visited businesses and communities throughout the state including Ashland/Medfrod, Astoria, Bend, Hood River, McMinnville and Pendleton, not all of those are rural of course.

As such, in our latest economic and revenue forecast document, we included a larger report on rural Oregon. It examines both past demographic and economic trends along with an eye toward the future. While broader prosperity is lacking across much of rural Oregon and rural America, pockets of strength certainty remain. Below we highlight the report and the accompanying set of slides. Download the files at the end of the post


Download the files below in PDF format:

Rural Oregon ReportRural Oregon Slides


  1. […] between urban and rural economies is important from an economic and policy perspective. See our office’s recent report on rural Oregon for more, with many insights and anecdotes relevant to other regions of the […]

  2. […] and the decline of manufacturing and farm jobs is a nationwide trend. For more on Rural Oregon, see our office’s recent report. Also see our regional economic overview from a year ago and the Employment Department’s […]

  3. […] the productive capacity and growth rates of the local economy. (Of course, as discussed in our Rural Oregon report, the type of migrants do differ between rural and urban […]

  4. […] Rural Oregon report concluded with “ensuring good infrastructure for both newer technologies, like high speed […]

  5. […] these demographic trends with those seen in Rural Oregon (see graph on slide 10) where there is a very large Baby Boomer population that is aging into their retirement years right […]

  6. […] jobs are being created in the state’s metropolitan areas. Rural Oregon is growing again (see our office’s report for more) and the polarization pattern is evident there as […]

  7. […] our office’s Rural Oregon report we mention that much of the discussion focuses on data and trends that are backward looking. They […]

  8. […] All told, Crook County’s outlook is relatively bright. The fact that the actual labor force figures and our office’s estimate of the potential labor force show similar trends is, I think, an overall good sign. That or a lucky data coincidence. But the working-age population is growing again and expected to continue to do so. Being located near a fast-growing metropolitan area like Bend is also a positive factor, as is the near-by airport in Redmond. I will reiterate what our office wrote over the summer and we included similar sentiments in our rural Oregon report: […]

  9. […] geographic breakdown when it comes to economic performance in recent decades. I would direct you to our office’s Rural Oregon report from last year to start. Included in the report are references to the Timber Belt. More recently, […]

  10. […] again. The typical rural county has regained about half of its recessionary lost jobs. See our Rural Oregon report for more as […]

  11. […] as rural Oregon faces challenges — see our report — job growth in recent years is probably the most encouraging sign. This is particularly true […]

  12. […] [These are part of the supply constraints our office has been highlighting, and included in our Rural Oregon report too.] None of the firms said they are actively looking to leave the region, but that growth is […]

  13. […] let’s look at employment in rural Oregon. Both urban and rural areas of the state, in aggregate, lost the same percentage of their jobs […]

  14. […] (do read it) but one item it discusses in educational attainment. Our office looked at this in our Rural Oregon report as well. Now, one potentially complicating factor is the lack of an urban wage premium today for […]

  15. […] better than three-fourths of all U.S. metros. And both the North Coast and Gorge have some of the highest levels of educational attainment in rural areas across the entire […]

  16. […] took another couple of years for these patterns of growth to reach the entire state. Rural Oregon overall basically spent half the decade seeing no gains but has seen solid growth the past handful […]

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