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. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Oregon, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Oregon

Safest Cities in Oregon Graph

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
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

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 is a city in Lane County, Oregon, United States. Its population was 5,392 at the 2010 census. Lake Oswego, OR
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

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

Lake Oswego is a city in the State of Oregon, primarily in Clackamas County with small portions extending into neighboring Multnomah and Washington counties. Located about 8 miles south of Portland and surrounding the 405-acre Oswego Lake, the town was founded in 1847 and incorporated as Oswego in 1910. The city was the hub of Oregon's brief iron industry in the late 19th century and is today an affluent suburb of Portland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 36,619, a 3.8% increase over the 2000 population of 35,278. Sherwood, OR
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

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

Sherwood is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. Located in the southeast corner of the county, it is a residential community in the Tualatin Valley, southwest of Portland. As of the 2010 census, Sherwood had a population of 18,194 residents. The city's population for 2014 was estimated to be 18,978 by the U.S. Census. Sherwood was first incorporated in 1893 as a town. Originally named Smockville after its founder, James Christopher Smock, the town was given its current name by local businessman Robert Alexander in 1891, who likely named it after his hometown of Sherwood, Michigan. Umatilla, OR
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

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

Umatilla is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. It is named for the Umatilla River, which enters the Columbia River on the side of the city. The river is named after the Umatilla Tribe. The city is on the south side of the Columbia River along U.S. Route 730 and I-82. Scappoose, OR
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

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

Scappoose is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It was named for a nearby stream, which drains the southern part of the county. The name "Scappoose" is of Native American origin, and is said to mean "gravelly plain." The population was 6,592 at the 2010 census.
Monmouth, OR
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

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 a city in Polk County in the U.S. state of Oregon. It was named for Monmouth, Illinois, the origin of its earliest settlers. The population has reached 9,534 as of the 2010 census and it is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area. Canby, OR
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

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 is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 15,829 at the 2010 census. It is along Oregon Route 99E, 2 miles northeast of Barlow. In May 2016 Canby was featured on ABC's series 20/20, when the local "Canby Psychic" was part of an investigation of swindling a local rancher of $15 million. St. Helens, OR
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

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

St. Helens is the county seat of Columbia County, Oregon. It was founded by Captain H. M. Knighton, a native of New England, in 1845 as "Plymouth". The name was changed to St. Helens in the latter part of 1850 for its view of Mount St. Helens, roughly 39 miles away in Washington. The city is approximately 28 miles northwest of Portland. Its population was 12,883 at the 2010 census. La Grande, OR
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

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

La Grande is a city in Union County, Oregon, United States. Originally named "Brownsville," it was forced to change its name because that name was being used for a city in Linn County. Its name comes from an early French settler, Charles Dause, who often used the phrase "La Grande" to describe the area's beauty. The population was 13,082 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Union County. La Grande lies east of the Blue Mountains and southeast of Pendleton. Beaverton, OR
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

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

Beaverton is a city in Washington County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. The city center is 7 miles west of downtown Portland in the Tualatin River Valley. As of the 2010 census, the population is 89,803. This makes it the second-largest city in the county and Oregon's sixth-largest city. Fire protection and EMS services are provided through Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.

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
For more reading, check out:

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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