Last month I mentioned that the Rural Communities Explorer provides public access to reliable and up-to-date social, demographic, economic, and environmental information about Oregon’s rural communities – over 700 named places in 36 counties. This is done via the Oregon Communities Reporter.
Using it could not be simpler,
- Select the places and/or counties of interest. These go into your “report bin”
- Decide if you want to combine or compare these communities
- Click on “generate report” — view your customized report online or print it.
Whether for a student comparing the demographics of Malheur and Harney counties for a report or for a local council member preparing for a planning meeting, this tool is a great start. When the student needs to understand how a particular statistic is defined or the planner wants the data source, they just click on the header and a pop-up box tells them.
So, try it! I assure you (channeling my best twelve year old Michael Jackson) “it’s easy as one, two, three!”