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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Stayton is a town in Oregon with a population of 7,927. Stayton is in Marion County. Living in Stayton offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many families live in Stayton and residents tend to lean conservative.
About Stayton...
Population
7,927

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$211,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$803
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    219.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    12.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    329.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,245.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    341.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    15%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Stayton

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,571
National
$55,322

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Stayton Reviews

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I’ve lived in this area my whole life but there’s not really anything to do for a family with kids other than the park, library or pool. There is an affordable movie theatre but other than that it’s pretty boring here. Every weekend I take my kids to Salem or Portland just for something to do (Gilbert House, Trampoline parks, Omsi, gymnastics classes, etc.) There are no indoor activities in Stayton other than the library. If it wasn’t so rainy here the majority of the year, they could enjoy playing outside more.

My husband and I both commute out of town for work. There are no career opportunities here comparable or available for what my degree is in.

They rarely let any new business in unless it directly benefits someone on the board. I have seen many businesses try to come in and get rejected. Housing prices are getting out of control as well. Just to buy an average house here will cost around $300,000 right now.
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Stayton is a small town where most know each other and offer a wave as you pass each other on the street. Its residents are invested in the local private schools but with a disparity among the local public schools. There seems to be a rising drug problem and what once was a place where people didn't lock their doors is now a place of meth, car break-ins, and assault. In addition there has been a steady decline in the downtown area and its community investment. Most residence go outside the town for it's shopping needs. I would like to see more community involvement and investment in the success of the local public schools and a more active chamber of commerce in the rise of the downtown area to meet the needs of the residence.
Growing up in a small town always comes with disadvantages. Most of childhood was spent complaining that there wasn't anything to do, or harping on the school system and how we didn't have what larger cities provided in their schools. However, looking back I wouldn't change a thing. Being bored lead to roaming around the neighborhoods and finding friends to run around and have fun with. It taught me to how be creative with only a few things. No the schools weren't the richest of them all but they taught us well and gave us an opportunity in this world. Together everyone endured the same school system and came out with an undeniable bond with each other. The teachers and peers that I met throughout the years all have had a huge impact on how I've learned and grown as a person. Due to the fact that everybody knows everybody there wasn't much room to get into trouble in or out of school. There was always someone who was looking out for you in the best ways.

All over America small towns like this exist. Compared to large areas like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City small towns are nothing special. Nearly a pit stop off the highway on the way to somewhere else. What they'll never see is the love and compassion that runs through the place. Care for neighbors well being and future of the city. If leaders in the community continue to strive to make Stayton a better place the town will continue to go in a positive direction. Small businesses are continuing to grow and become more popular with the locals. Organizations like the YMCA have grown massively in support of many different sports as well as aquatic activities. This town has the ability to grow as a community and positively affect communities around as well. Now having moved out and into an even smaller town I have truly grasped just how important a strong bond within the community can shape an area. I wouldn't trade my small town upbringing for anything.