Counties in Oregon

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There are 36 counties in Oregon.[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]

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Oregon county websites

As of 2009:

  • 18 Oregon counties put their budget information on their websites.
  • Nine counties included information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 28 included information about the county's elected officials.
  • 28 included information about the county's administrative officials.
  • 21 gave information about permits and zoning in the county.
  • 12 counties put information on their websites about external audits.
  • None of the counties provided information about its contracts with county vendors.
  • None of the county websites disclosed whether the county belonged to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • The county websites uniformly did not provide information on how to request public records using the Oregon Public Records Law.
  • Only one county, Multnomah, provided some information about county taxes.

Ballotpedia evaluated ballot measure information on Oregon county websites in March 2012.


County County seat
Baker County, Oregon Baker City, Oregon
Benton County, Oregon Corvallis, Oregon
Clackamas County, Oregon Oregon City, Oregon
Clatsop County, Oregon Astoria, Oregon
Columbia County, Oregon St. Helens, Oregon
Coos County, Oregon Coquille, Oregon
Crook County, Oregon Prineville, Oregon
Curry County, Oregon Gold Beach, Oregon
Deschutes County, Oregon Bend, Oregon
Douglas County, Oregon Roseburg, Oregon
Gilliam County, Oregon Condon, Oregon
Grant County, Oregon Canyon City, Oregon
Harney County, Oregon Burns, Oregon
Hood River County, Oregon Hood River, Oregon
Jackson County, Oregon Medford, Oregon
Jefferson County, Oregon Madras, Oregon
Josephine County, Oregon Grants Pass, Oregon
Klamath County, Oregon Klamath Falls, Oregon
Lake County, Oregon Lakeview, Oregon
Lane County, Oregon Eugene, Oregon
Lincoln County, Oregon Newport, Oregon
Linn County, Oregon Albany, Oregon
Malheur County, Oregon Vale, Oregon
Marion County, Oregon Salem, Oregon
Morrow County, Oregon Heppner, Oregon
Multnomah County, Oregon Portland, Oregon
Polk County, Oregon Dallas, Oregon
Sherman County, Oregon Moro, Oregon
Tillamook County, Oregon Tillamook, Oregon
Umatilla County, Oregon Pendleton, Oregon
Union County, Oregon La Grande, Oregon
Wallowa County, Oregon Enterprise, Oregon
Wasco County, Oregon The Dalles, Oregon
Washington County, Oregon Hillsboro, Oregon
Wheeler County, Oregon Fossil, Oregon
Yamhill County, Oregon McMinnville, Oregon