Community Vitality is a way of looking at and thinking about communities, and here, rural communities in particular. Community Vitality is very similar to concepts like "Community Sustainability" or "Quality of life," and in fact it borrows elements from each, but it differs from each of these slightly.
OSU Rural Studies and Extension Service faculty have worked with three rural Oregon communities to arrive at community-specific definitions of vitality and indicators. The documents below are products of these efforts, and outline how each community defined vitality and their current level of vitality. These efforts would not have been possible without the support of community members, community organizations, and the Ford Family Foundation.