Rural Communities Explorer (RCE) is an interdisciplinary team with expertise in locating, accessing, utilizing, visualizing, and analyzing publicly-available data on Oregon populations and communities.
The RCE team provides statewide support to community-data users, including guidance on data access and interpretation, and researchers, including assistance with primary and secondary data collection and analysis.



Communities Reporter Tool
Provides free access to nearly 600 Oregon community measures dating back to 1990, including economic, social, demographic, and environmental indicators.  
Visit the Communities Reporter Tool
Oregon by the Numbers
This report, a partnership between The Ford Family Foundation and the Rural Communities Explorer, offers a suite of high value community measures and displays them in an easy-to-digest format that includes charts and infographics.
Download the 2022 Edition
Community Data Support
The Rural Communities Explorer team can help with your data needs. We offer a variety of support, from free consultations to partnership on grants to fee-for-service data visualizations, online web maps, and qualitative and quantitative data collection and support.
contact us
Community Food Systems
Dr. Shannon Caplan on the Rural Communities Explorer team has published a wealth of information on Oregon's community food systems, including on the Community Food System Indicators.
Learn More

Team Members

ShannonShannon Caplan, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Practice



EmilyHenryEmily Henry


Director, Rural Communities Explorer



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Open Campus is here to support students throughout their education journey. College Access programs include Future Pathways, College Talk Tuesdays, Open Campus Hangouts, and College Access Summer Melt. Programs offer resources, mentoring, and advising to guide students throughout their college journey from high school through college graduation.

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Transferring from a community college to a university can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Open Campus coordinators can help map out your transfer goals and connect you to transfer resources and information. Community College Transfer Support includes degree planning, campus tours, and a library of informational videos.

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Coordinators convene partners on important issues to increase economic well-being and community vitality while advocating for communities who have historically been excluded and marginalized. Community projects include Grant County CyberMills, adult diploma or GED completion programs, and the Rural Communities Explorer, a team of data experts who also provide a repository of statewide data.

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