These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Oregon

We used data and science to determine the places in Oregon where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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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 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 61 places in Oregon with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Junction City
  2. West Linn
  3. Scappoose
  4. Brookings
  5. Lake Oswego
  6. Sherwood
  7. Canby
  8. Beaverton
  9. Monmouth
  10. Oregon City

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

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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 (2014). 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 three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 16 crimes committed in Junction City which had a reported population of 5,717. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0028 which translates into a 1 in 357 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 2014. This left us with a total of 61 places in Oregon to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 61 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three 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 433 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.

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1. Junction City

Junction City - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,717
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 12

2. West Linn

West Linn - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,202
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 14

3. Scappoose

Scappoose - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,827
Property Crime Rank: 5
Violent Crime Rank: 22

4. Brookings

Brookings - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,386
Property Crime Rank: 7
Violent Crime Rank: 28

5. Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,836
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 17

6. Sherwood

Sherwood - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,035
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 15

7. Canby

Canby - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,915
Property Crime Rank: 21
Violent Crime Rank: 29

8. Beaverton

Beaverton - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,416
Property Crime Rank: 22
Violent Crime Rank: 42

9. Monmouth

Monmouth - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,997
Property Crime Rank: 27
Violent Crime Rank: 35

10. Oregon City

Oregon City - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,112
Property Crime Rank: 40
Violent Crime Rank: 26

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Junction City is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Oregon residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Oregon:
3rd Most Dangerous: Newport
2nd Most Dangerous: Ontario
Most Dangerous: Medford

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Oregon

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Junction City15,717412
West Linn226,202814
Scappoose36,827522
Brookings46,386728
Lake Oswego537,8361317
Sherwood619,0351715
Canby716,9152129
Beaverton894,4162242
Monmouth99,9972735
Oregon City1035,1124026
Keizer1137,1893154
La Grande1213,0704337
Molalla138,3505125
Independence148,6723258
Hillsboro1598,6353656
Silverton169,4034152
Bend1782,4184643
Warrenton185,1706610
Tualatin1927,0795631
Talent206,2624257
Milwaukie2120,5623865
Dallas2214,8524555
Tigard2351,0245047
Central Point2417,7054950
Sutherlin257,7294461
St. Helens2613,0685938
McMinnville2733,3705451
Albany2851,8896724
Ashland2920,8696139
Fairview309,2374862
Hermiston3117,1835359
Cornelius3212,2296046
Corvallis3355,5416540
Pendleton3417,0065560
Woodburn3524,4715266
The Dalles3615,2047236
Gladstone3711,7764782
Florence388,4667833
Troutdale3916,6106953
Forest Grove4022,7485878
North Bend419,5089030
Prineville429,2267363
Redmond4327,7337074
Astoria449,5277467
Cottage Grove459,8218941
Baker City469,7626493
Salem47162,0287773
Klamath Falls4821,2907676
Eagle Point498,7178070
Milton-Freewater507,1098369
Springfield5160,3777979
Roseburg5221,9868764
Stayton537,7988572
Lincoln City548,0698285
Coos Bay5515,9398677
Gresham56110,2768188
Sweet Home579,0819368
Portland58615,6728487
Newport5910,1529184
Ontario6011,0228892
Medford6178,3569289

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