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This page contains a list of cities in Oregon, and other information about local governments.

Oregon allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 36 total counties in Oregon. Of those 36:[1]

There are 241 total municipalities in Oregon. Of those 241, 130 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 111 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Oregon consists of 36 counties and 241 cities. In addition, there are 1002 special districts and 230 independent school districts.[2]

Further classifications:

Counties may be:

  • General law: of which there are 27
  • Home rule charter: of which there are 9.[3] Lane and Washington were the first to adopt home rule in 1962, followed by Hood River (1964), Multnomah (1967), Benton (1972), Jackson (1978), Josephine (1980), Clatsop (1988) and Umatilla (1993).[4]

Cities may be:

  • General law: of which there are 130
  • Home rule charter: of which there are 111[5]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Oregon

Initiative is available for citizens of all cities and counties in Oregon.

  • General law cities
  • Charter cities (for ordinances and charter amendments)
  • General law counties
  • Charter counties (for county measures and charter amendments)[6]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Oregon
City[7] Population City Type Next election
Portland 593,820 Charter November 4, 2014
Eugene 156,929 Charter N/A
Salem 156,244 Charter N/A
Gresham 107,439 Charter N/A
Hillsboro 93,455 Charter N/A
Beaverton 91,625 Charter N/A
Bend 77,905 Charter N/A
Medford 75,501 Charter N/A
Springfield 59,695 Charter N/A
Corvallis 54,674 Charter N/A

Full List of Cities

A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there are 241 incorporated cities and towns in Oregon. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[8]

See also