This report tells the story of the Northwest Rural Communities Project, which gathered resident feedback and relevant statistics to paint a picture of what life is like for families in rural Oregon and Washington.                                                                              

The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded this project — and several other multi-state projects — as part of a larger effort to explore child well-being in rural communities. The resulting publications are designed to connect policymakers with useful data and spur smart investments aimed at strengthening rural America.

July 4, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The benefits of rural life.

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    Statistics on what life is like in rural Washington and Oregon.

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    Challenges to raising a family in the rural Northwest.

  4. 4

    Ten recommendations for supporting families in the rural Northwest.

Key Takeaway

When asked what they needed, rural parents responded with a clear and consistent message

This report found that, first and foremost, parents in the rural Northwest need reliable jobs that pay family-supporting wages. They also expressed a need for: quality child care and health care at reasonable costs, great schools, activities for middle and high-school youth, job training for adults and better transportation options. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations