These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Oregon For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Oregon where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Oregon, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Oregon is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Beaver State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 64 places in Oregon with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Junction City (Photos)
- Brookings (Photos)
- Sherwood (Photos)
- Lake Oswego (Photos)
- Sandy (Photos)
- Canby (Photos)
- Umatilla (Photos)
- Silverton (Photos)
- Beaverton (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Oregon
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 32 crimes committed in Junction City which had a reported population of 5,935. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00539 which translates into a 1 in 185 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 64 places in Oregon to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 64 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Oregon".
The safest city, based on population, is Junction City. The most dangerous? Medford, where residents had a 1 in 13 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
1. Junction City
Population: 5,935Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 488 (1st safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Oregon for 2018 is Junction City -- a classic example of everything that makes Oregon great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 204.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,978 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
Population: 6,506Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 768 (3rd safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Oregon and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Brookings -- the 2nd safest in the Beaver State.
Brookings is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 130.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Brookings.
Population: 19,486Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 66 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,129 (6th safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Sherwood ranks as the 3rd safest city in Oregon.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Sherwood.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
4. Lake Oswego
Population: 38,860Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,147 (7th safest)You might be surprised to find Lake Oswego this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Lake Oswego is surpised.
This gem of a place in the Beaver State boasts the 7th best property crime rate and 6th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Population: 10,855Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,750 (11th safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Sandy, OR.
You get what you pay for in Sandy -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,356 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Sandy residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Sandy in heartbeat.
Population: 17,395Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 120 (13th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,029 (5th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Canby, the 6th safest city in Oregon.
The town of some 17,395 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Canby a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Canby?
Population: 7,026Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 156 (21st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 668 (2nd safest)
Umatilla is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Oregon.
It has 1 in 149.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 638 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Oregon.
Population: 9,860Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 101 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,947 (14th safest)
The eighth safest city in Oregon for 2018 goes to Silverton. Let's see why.
There were only 10 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 192 property crimes to boot.
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Oregon, may we present Newberg-Dundee as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Oregon, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
443 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 10th best in Oregon on a rate basis.
Population: 97,907Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 135 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,432 (8th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Beaverton.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Beaverton residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 133 violent crimes and 1,403 property crimes in Beaverton; that's really good for a place of 97,907 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Oregon
Looking at the data, you can tell that Junction City is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Oregon residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in Oregon:3rd Most Dangerous: Portland 2nd Most Dangerous: Lincoln City Most Dangerous: Medford
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Oregon For 2018