Tracking Oregon's Progress

2/14/2014 Press Release

OSU website tracks Oregon's economic, social and environmental health.

OCF and OSU have released the first report of the TOP Indicators Project, which tracks longitudinal indicators of Oregon’s economy, people, communities, and environment. The report is available on OCF’s website here, and the TOP Indicators website, which allows you to generate custom reports to compare counties or drill down to particular indicators of interest.

Selected statewide findings:

  • For several decades, the numbers of residents and numbers of new jobs in Oregon have grown faster than the national average, so Oregon's share of the nation's total population and jobs has increased slightly.
  • Per capita personal income in Oregon, or total income divided by population, has been dropping relative to the nation as a whole since 1980. The unemployment rate in Oregon has risen since 1990, especially for Oregonians of color.  
  • Overall high school graduation rates increased in Oregon between 2010 and 2012, but there are large differences in high school graduation rates across racial and ethnic groups.
  • Oregon adults and teens have been living more healthily and Oregonians have been living longer, but there have been continuing disparities between racial and ethnic groups in such trends as prenatal care, low birth-weight babies and teen drug use.  
  • Arrest rates for crimes against people and property declined more than 35 percent between 1990 and 2010.

The Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Rural Studies Program, Institute for Natural Resources and Oregon State University Libraries and Press partnered to complete the project.