10 Small Towns in Oregon That Are Great to Call Home


People may want to visit Oregon for its bigger cities, like Portland, but they want to live in Oregon for its smaller towns. No doubt due to the charm they all possess. Residents will gladly tell you that their town is the best, but in reality, all of Oregon’s smaller communities would be lovely to live in. Here are ten small towns in Oregon that are great to call home.

10. Lexington

Lexington Oregon

Located n Morrow County, Lexington is home to around 300 people. Named after the town of Lexington in Kentucky, it is best known for sheep and cattle ranching along wth wheat farming. You’ll find this small town between the Columbia River and the Blue Mountains, along Oregon Route 74.

9. Riverside

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With a population of around 200, Riverside is a tiny town in Umatilla County. It is part of the Pendleton-Hermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area, with a total area of 0.6 square miles. The quiet of this peaceful place is a welcome change from the big cities located across the state.

8. Kirkpatrick

Also located in Umatilla County, and with a population of around 200, Kirkpatrick is another calm and undisturbed town to call home. The best part about living in Kirkpatrick is the tight-knit community, where everyone knows one another and helps each other out.

7. Idaville


The unincorporated community of Idaville is located in Tillamook County. Located on the coast, yet still in close proximity to Portland, it’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle without venturing too far away from the city.

6. Imbler

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Imbler is a city in Union County, just outside of Summerville along Oregon Route 82, with a population of about 300. Picturesque and serene, the mountain views and long stretches of land make Imbler a beautiful place to call home.

5. Rivergrove

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With a population of about 400, Rivergrove is located in Clackamas County and Washington County. It has become a desired place to live in the past few years due to its forested setting and large residential lots.

4. Barlow

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Also located in Clackamas County, Barlow is a small town with a population of only around 150. The railroad was built through Barlow, and the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad still runs through the community. It has a total area of only 0.05 square miles.

3. Wasco


Wasco is a city in Sherman County, with a population of around 400. The agricultural and wind power industries are prominent around Wasco and the region boasts a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. The Wasco State Airport is one mile east of this small town.

2. St. Paul

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Located in Marion County, St. Paul has a population of about 450, and is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The St. Paul Rodeo has been held here every 4th of July since 1935, and the St. Paul Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1. Jeffers Garden

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With a population of about 400, Jeffers Garden is a small unincorporated community in Clatsop County, on the Lewis and Clark River. It’s one of the most charming and quaint places in the whole state and boasts beautiful sunsets every single day.

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