These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Oregon For 2019

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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Junction City.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Beaver State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 58 cities in Oregon with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Oregon for 2019:

  1. Junction City (Photos | Homes)
  2. Lake Oswego (Photos | Homes)
  3. Sherwood (Photos | Homes)
  4. Umatilla (Photos | Homes)
  5. Scappoose (Photos | Homes)
  6. Monmouth (Photos | Homes)
  7. Canby (Photos | Homes)
  8. St. Helens (Photos | Homes)
  9. La Grande (Photos | Homes)
  10. Beaverton (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

For more reading on safe places to live and Oregon, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Oregon

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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 2018) in Oregon.

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)
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For example, there were a total of 14 crimes committed in Junction City which had a reported population of 6,174. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0023 which translates into a 1 in 441 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 2017. This left us with a total of 58 of the biggest cities in Oregon to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 58 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 our criteria, is Junction City. The most dangerous city in Oregon? Seaside, where residents had a 1 in 15 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.

Junction City, OR
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Population: 6,174
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 194 (1st safest)
More on Junction City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Junction City pulls off the back to back top place finish for the safest city in Oregon -- winning the spot in both 2018 and 2019.

That's to a clean sweep for both property crime and violent crime, it dominates this year's list.

And to be clear, that's no easy feat. I've been writing these rankings for over five years now and very rarely will a city take the to spot for both violent and property crime in the same state.

Located on the western side of the state, a good portion of the economy comes from some rather large family farms. I guess it's the kind of place where you'll always know your farming neighbor and wouldn't put a finger on them.

Lake Oswego, OR
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Population: 39,318
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,149 (4th safest)
More on Lake Oswego: PhotosReal Estate | Data

A suburb of Portland, Lake Oswego is no stranger to our lists. In addition to moving up on our ranking of the safest places to live in Oregon to number two this year, it also ranked as the best place to live in Oregon for 2018.

But there's a slight catch to living a place this awesome -- cost. It's one of the richest cities in Oregon which translates to a median income close to $90,000 and median home prices around $500,000.

Another possible reason it has the second lowest violent crime rate in the state? Clackamas County is secretly how to Kris Kringle. I dunno, just saying.

Sherwood, OR
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Population: 19,473
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 82 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,170 (5th safest)
More on Sherwood: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The very first article I wrote for this site back in early 2015 featured Sherwood prominently -- it was a top three best place to live in Oregon for that year.

And now, it ranks in the top three safest in Oregon for the second year in a row.

Located southwest of Portland, the city has the third lowest violent crime rate in the state. A solid economy and a better than average poverty rate probably help to keep crime rates low here.

Umatilla, OR
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Population: 7,009
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 114 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 513 (2nd safest)
More on Umatilla: PhotosReal Estate | Data

I know for the first three I've been reminiscing about lists of HomeSnacks past, but Umatilla is a new for me.

Jumping up three spots this year Umatilla boasts an incredibly low property crime rate. And interestingly, it's economy isn't nearly as strong as the others on this list, but it still manages to keep crime low.

At just a tick over 7,000 people, it could be that everyone in town is friends. And you'd never steal from your friends would you?

Scappoose, OR
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Population: 7,236
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 138 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,147 (3rd safest)
More on Scappoose: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Another smallerish city, Scappoose breaks into the top ten safest for the first time this year and that's actually kind of a big deal for it. You see, Scappoose has been finishing just outside the top ten for years in our rankings.

It has ranked 11th for safest, 19th for best, and low 20s for richest last year.

But today, it's Scappoose turn in the sun thanks to a big reduction in property crime for 2019.

The city of some, would you believe, 7,000 people is located in what is essentially Washington State on the western side of Oregon.

Monmouth, OR
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Population: 10,282
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 126 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,293 (7th safest)
More on Monmouth: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Monmouth is monumentally safe, at least when it comes to places to live in Oregon.

The city had a seventh place finish for both property and violent crimes which drove it up seven spots from last year. Is that a coincidence? Probably, but it would be more exciting if it was some higher level cause.

One of the first places not located right on border of the water or Washington state, Monmouth is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The thing to do in town to stay safe? Grab a glass of wine from one of the many vineyards.

Canby, OR
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Population: 17,823
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 157 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,268 (6th safest)
More on Canby: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Canby can be one of the safest places in Oregon this year if it just puts it's mind to it.

The city fell a spot from last year to the seventh overall ranking. That placement is thanks to a sixth place finish for property crime rates.

That safety ranking also leads Canby to be a great place to live -- scoring a 9 on our SnackAbility score and in the top 15% of cities country wide.

And this isn't a psychic's report to swindle you, it's based on the cold hard data.

St. Helens, OR
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Population: 13,611
Rank Last Year: 37 (Up 29)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 161 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,807 (12th safest)
More on St. Helens: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Oh thank heavens it's St. Helens!

The eighth safest city in Oregon, the city boasts significantly lower than average rates of violent crime and property crime for its size.

Located in the Northwest part of the state, it's literally movie level quality picturesque -- Hollywood uses the city frequently as the background of movies such as Twilight.

And all that fame hasn't gone to St. Helens' head, it has the humility of a saint you see.

La Grande, OR
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Population: 13,252
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 16)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 135 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,143 (19th safest)
More on La Grande: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Isn't it grand to see La Grande on the ranking this year?

Much like St. Helens, La Grande moved up sixteen slots thanks to a much improved violent crime rate.

La Grande lies east of the Blue Mountains and southeast of Pendleton. And while I used the name as a pun to start this off, it gets its name from the fact that it's a beautiful place to live. A beautiful safe place to live that is.

Beaverton, OR
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Population: 98,897
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 173 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,779 (11th safest)
More on Beaverton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rounding out the top ten safest places to live in Oregon is Beaverton. Another city that's quite common on our lists, it ranks in the tenth spot here for the second day in a row.

The biggest city in the top ten by a wide margin, it too is a suburb of Portland. There's a pretty big (relative) gap in safety from the top of the list and this tenth position. Beaverton is quite a big safer than average, but only broke the top twenty for both our statistics.

It's property crime rate is the eleventh best in the state and violent crime is 18th. So what does this mean? There's room for improvement for next year -- when Beaverton has had time to dam up it's problems.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Beaver State

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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Oregon according to the data:

  1. Seaside
  2. Portland
  3. Medford
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List Of Safest Cities In Oregon For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Junction City, OR 6,174 32 194
2 Lake Oswego, OR 39,318 38 1,149
3 Sherwood, OR 19,473 82 1,170
4 Umatilla, OR 7,009 114 513
5 Scappoose, OR 7,236 138 1,147
6 Monmouth, OR 10,282 126 1,293
7 Canby, OR 17,823 157 1,268
8 St. Helens, OR 13,611 161 1,807
9 La Grande, OR 13,252 135 2,143
10 Beaverton, OR 98,897 173 1,779
11 Talent, OR 6,558 167 1,829
12 Corvallis, OR 57,576 130 2,501
13 Albany, OR 53,701 104 2,618
14 Bend, OR 93,786 164 2,089
15 Milwaukie, OR 21,033 152 2,258
16 Mcminnville, OR 35,125 142 2,573
17 Silverton, OR 10,136 177 2,150
18 Forest Grove, OR 24,520 252 1,761
19 Keizer, OR 39,397 200 2,096
20 Molalla, OR 9,245 194 2,195
21 Tualatin, OR 27,781 143 3,066
22 Hillsboro, OR 107,433 249 1,995
23 Baker City, OR 9,764 194 2,560
24 Independence, OR 9,854 284 1,471
25 Tigard, OR 52,524 192 2,720
26 Sutherlin, OR 8,027 236 2,566
27 Brookings, OR 6,560 335 1,509
28 Cornelius, OR 12,515 295 1,861
29 Dallas, OR 16,152 290 2,074
30 Tillamook, OR 5,214 210 3,049
31 North Bend, OR 9,806 91 5,129
32 Central Point, OR 18,525 264 2,574
33 Ashland, OR 21,908 187 3,574
34 Eagle Point, OR 9,143 262 3,073
35 Hermiston, OR 17,377 270 2,773
36 Sweet Home, OR 9,500 221 4,031
37 Redmond, OR 29,870 274 3,123
38 Lebanon, OR 16,826 267 3,690
39 Florence, OR 8,857 237 4,967
40 Stayton, OR 8,148 331 3,117
41 Springfield, OR 62,318 271 3,957
42 Grants Pass, OR 38,082 270 4,272
43 Roseburg, OR 22,505 235 5,678
44 Milton-Freewater, OR 7,011 427 2,724
45 Woodburn, OR 25,848 332 3,315
46 Gresham, OR 112,466 343 3,301
47 Prineville, OR 10,053 318 3,600
48 Klamath Falls, OR 22,436 472 3,097
49 Madras, OR 6,800 382 3,411
50 Cottage Grove, OR 10,182 294 5,107
51 Eugene, OR 168,310 386 3,728
52 Salem, OR 169,565 378 4,243
53 Astoria, OR 9,857 365 4,534
54 Lincoln City, OR 8,798 545 4,682
55 Coos Bay, OR 16,347 367 7,609
56 Medford, OR 82,792 454 5,961
57 Portland, OR 649,408 515 5,677
58 Seaside, OR 6,726 1,055 5,263

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