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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 64 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 2018:
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) 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)
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 0.0054 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 of the biggest cities in Oregon to rank.
We ranked each city 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 our criteria, is Junction City. The most dangerous city in Oregon? 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
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Population: 5,935 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 488 (1st safest) More on Junction City:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Junction City is a city in Lane County, Oregon, United States. Its population was 5,392 at the 2010 census.
Population: 6,506 Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 768 (3rd safest) More on Brookings:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Brookings is a city in Curry County, Oregon, United States. It was named after John E. Brookings, president of the Brookings Lumber and Box Company, which founded the city in 1908. As of the 2010 census the population was 6,336.
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Population: 19,486 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 66 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,129 (6th safest) More on Sherwood:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 38,860 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,147 (7th safest) More on Lake Oswego:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Lake Oswego /swio/ 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 (13 km) south of Portland and surrounding the 405-acre (1.64 km2) 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.
Population: 10,855 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,750 (11th safest) More on Sandy:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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Population: 17,395 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 120 (13th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,029 (5th safest) More on Canby:Photos | Real 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 (3 km) northeast of Barlow. In May 2016 Canby was featured on ABC's series 20/20 (U.S. TV series), when the local "Canby Psychic" was part of an investigation of swindling a local rancher of $15 million.
Population: 7,026 Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 156 (21st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 668 (2nd safest) More on Umatilla:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Umatilla (/jumtl/, YOO-m-TIL-) 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.
Population: 26,105 Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 126 (14th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,696 (10th safest) More on Newberg-Dundee:
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Population: 97,907 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 135 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,432 (8th safest) More on Beaverton:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Beaverton is a city in Washington County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. The city center is 7 miles (11 km) 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.