Best Affordable Place in Oregon: Benton County
Median family income: $69,705
Households spending more than 30 percent income on housing: 31.2 percent
Unemployment: 7 percent
Adult population with bachelor's degrees: 47.7 percent
Major cities: Corvallis, Philomath
Benton County in west Oregon is home to Oregon State University in Corvallis. The university has a student body of nearly 24,000 students, representing a significant share of the city's population. The median home value in Benton County was $242,700 in March, estimates Zillow.com.