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The Painted Hills near Mitchell. (Photo courtesy Don Jacobson)

The Painted Hills near Mitchell. (Photo courtesy Don Jacobson)

Oregon offers us a place of rich geographic diversity to establish our communities — from the Pacific Ocean beaches and Coast Range eastward to the Willamette Valley, Klamath Mountains and southwest valleys; on to the Cascade Range; then further east to the Columbia River Plateau, Blue Mountains, the southeast Basin and ranges; and on to the Snake River at our eastern border. This section identifies incorporated cities and towns, counties, regional governments and special districts.


City government

Descriptions, elected officials, and community profiles.


County government

Descriptions, histories, elected officials, records, and scenic images.


Other local government entities

Special districts, ports, regional districts, Metro, and transit districts.


City and county populations

With tables from 1980 to 2013.