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small map of state of Oregon showing location of Portland and Salem, superimposed with text "click to view a detailed county map. Source: Perry Castaneda Map Collection"

State Government

  • Oregon.gov is Oregon's official state government website.
  • Oregon Blue Book is the official state directory and fact book about all levels of government in Oregon.
  • Oregon Quick Facts, from the U.S. Census Bureau, provides current state population, business and geographical facts.

Additional Resources

  • 2-1-1info, serves the greater Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington region to assist residents in locating health and human services providers and has a searchable directory of community resources.
  • Emergency preparedness information is located in the Geohazards tab on the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries website,containing resources regarding Oregon's natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.
  • Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) lists frequencies and call letters of public radio stations in Oregon, with KOAC-AM 500 covering most of the state.
  • The Oregonian, Oregon and Portland regional newspaper.

General Information

Located between Washington and California on the northwest coast of the contiguous United States, Oregon is the ninth largest state with 98,400 square miles. The eastern two thirds of the state is predominantly rural and most of the state's population resides along the narrow Interstate 5 corridor that extends from Portland southward through fertile valleys between the Coast and Cascade mountain ranges. Crater Lake, in Klamath County to the south, is the deepest lake in the United States at 1,958 feet. Hell's Canyon, in Wallowa County to the northeast, is the deepest gorge in North America at 7,900 feet. The population of Oregon is 3,790,060, according to the 2006 U.S. Bureau of the Census Population Estimates Program. The capital is Salem and the largest city is Portland. Oregon has 36 counties; the largest is Harney, located in the southeastern region of the state with over 10,000 square miles. Multnomah County, near Portland, is the smallest county with just over 450 square miles but contains the largest population. Residents are predominantly white (80.0%), with a significant Hispanic/Latino population (11.0%). Asian (3.6%), African-American (2.0%) and American Indian/Alaska Native (1.4%) comprise the remaining population, with 2.5% reporting more than one ethnicity. Oregon ranks 16th in the United States in American Indian/Alaska Native population, two of the largest Oregon tribal organizations are the Klamath and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla.

State Health and Statistics

Resources about Special Populations

This section includes groups of individuals who share common characteristics that are distinctive from the general population. These characteristics may include racial and/or ethnic background, socioeconomic status, geographic location, and age. The characteristics of special populations are important to be aware of as they can affect the population's health status.

  • EthnoMed, from the University of Washington's Health Sciences Library and Harborview Medical Center, contains medical and cultural information for health care providers and related professions regarding different immigrant and refugee populations in the Pacific Northwest region.
  • Frontier Education Center, from the National Center for Frontier Communities, defines characteristics of frontier counties and contains maps, reports on special health needs of frontier populations, and policy issues.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health (LGBT), from the CDC, contains resources about LGBT health concerns, health issues, and  national LGBT resources.
  • Indian Health Service- Portland Area Office is the federal health program for American Indians and Alaska Natives residing in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, a tribal organization, represents the health care interests of 43 federally recognized tribes in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
  • Oregon Rural Health Association advocates for rural health issues and improving the health of rural Oregonians through communication, education, and encouraging the development of appropriate health resources.
  • Outside In is a social service agency serving the needs of homeless youth, low income and marginalized adults through providing social, medical and mental health services.
  • Rural health and human services, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Rural Assistance Center, is a web portal of Oregon rural health contacts, organizations, tools, maps, news and events.

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