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.
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:
- Junction City
- West Linn
- Lake Oswego
- Oregon City
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
1. Junction City
Population: 5,717Property Crime Rank: 4Violent Crime Rank: 12
2. West Linn
Population: 26,202Property Crime Rank: 8Violent Crime Rank: 14
Population: 6,827Property Crime Rank: 5Violent Crime Rank: 22
Population: 6,386Property Crime Rank: 7Violent Crime Rank: 28
5. Lake Oswego
Population: 37,836Property Crime Rank: 13Violent Crime Rank: 17
Population: 19,035Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 15
Population: 16,915Property Crime Rank: 21Violent Crime Rank: 29
Population: 94,416Property Crime Rank: 22Violent Crime Rank: 42
Population: 9,997Property Crime Rank: 27Violent Crime Rank: 35
10. Oregon City
Population: 35,112Property Crime Rank: 40Violent 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