Top 15 Safest Cities In Oregon For 2018

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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:

  1. Junction City (Photos | Homes)
  2. Brookings (Photos | Homes)
  3. Sherwood (Photos | Homes)
  4. Lake Oswego (Photos | Homes)
  5. Sandy (Photos | Homes)
  6. Canby (Photos | Homes)
  7. Umatilla (Photos | Homes)
  8. Silverton (Photos | Homes)
  9. Newberg-Dundee (Homes)
  10. Beaverton (Photos | Homes)
  11. Scappoose (Photos | Homes)
  12. Bend (Photos | Homes)
  13. Monmouth (Photos | Homes)
  14. Warrenton (Photos | Homes)
  15. Milwaukie (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

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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 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)
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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

Junction City, OR
Source: Public domain

Population: 5,935
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 488 (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.

2. Brookings

Brookings, OR

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: PhotosReal 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.

3. Sherwood

Sherwood, OR
Source: Public domain

Population: 19,486
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 66 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,129 (6th 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.

4. Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego, OR

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: 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.

5. Sandy

Sandy, OR

Population: 10,855
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,750 (11th safest)
More on Sandy: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sandy is a city located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, and named after the nearby Sandy River. The city serves as the western gateway to the Mount Hood Corridor, 25 miles east of Portland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 9,570.

6. Canby

Canby, OR
Source: Public domain

Population: 17,395
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 120 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,029 (5th 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.

7. Umatilla

Umatilla, OR

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: 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.

8. Silverton

Silverton, OR

Population: 9,860
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 101 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,947 (14th safest)
More on Silverton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Silverton is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. The city is named after Silver Creek, which flows through the town from Silver Falls into the Pudding River, and thence into the Willamette River. Silverton was originally called Milford, then Silver Creek; on July 16, 1855, Silver Creek became Silverton. Human habitation of the Silverton area extends back approximately 6,000 years before the present.

9. Newberg-Dundee

Newberg-Dundee, OR

Population: 26,105
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 126 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,696 (10th safest)
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10. Beaverton

Beaverton, OR
Source: Public domain

Population: 97,907
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 135 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,432 (8th 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.

11. Scappoose

Scappoose, OR
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,005
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 171 (25th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 870 (4th 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.

12. Bend

Bend, OR

Population: 89,244
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 107 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,252 (22nd safest)
More on Bend: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bend is a city in, and the county seat of, Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. It is the principal city of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bend is Central Oregon's largest city, and despite its modest size, is the de facto metropolis of the region, owing to the low population density of that area. Bend recorded a population of 76,693 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, up from 52,029 at the 2000 census. The estimated population of the city as of 2013 is 81,236. Bend's metro population was estimated at 165,954 as of July 1, 2013. The Bend MSA is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Oregon.

13. Monmouth

Monmouth, OR

Population: 10,131
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 138 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,964 (15th 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.

14. Warrenton

Warrenton, OR
Source: Public domain

Population: 5,340
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,902 (36th safest)
More on Warrenton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Warrenton is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. The city is named for D.K. Warren, an early settler. The population estimate 5,282 in 2016, according to the US Census Bureau.

15. Milwaukie

Milwaukie, OR

Population: 20,935
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 138 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,125 (20th safest)
More on Milwaukie: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Milwaukie is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. A very small portion of the city extends into Multnomah County. The population was 20,291 at the 2010 census. Founded in 1847 on the banks of the Willamette River, the city, known as the Dogwood City of the West, was incorporated in 1903 and is noted as the birthplace of the Bing cherry. The city is now a suburb of Portland and also adjoins the unincorporated areas of Clackamas and Oak Grove.

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. Medford
  2. Lincoln City
  3. Portland
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Oregon For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Junction City, OR 5,935 50 488
2 Brookings, OR 6,506 46 768
3 Sherwood, OR 19,486 66 1,129
4 Lake Oswego, OR 38,860 79 1,147
5 Sandy, OR 10,855 73 1,750
6 Canby, OR 17,395 120 1,029
7 Umatilla, OR 7,026 156 668
8 Silverton, OR 9,860 101 1,947
9 Newberg-Dundee, OR 26,105 126 1,696
10 Beaverton, OR 97,907 135 1,432
11 Scappoose, OR 7,005 171 870
12 Bend, OR 89,244 107 2,252
13 Monmouth, OR 10,131 138 1,964
14 Warrenton, OR 5,340 18 2,902
15 Milwaukie, OR 20,935 138 2,125
16 Albany, OR 52,544 81 2,877
17 Dallas, OR 15,411 175 1,972
18 Tillamook, OR 5,003 79 3,018
19 Keizer, OR 38,165 172 2,020
20 Gladstone, OR 12,083 140 2,549
21 Mcminnville, OR 34,242 163 2,415
22 Corvallis, OR 56,061 133 2,777
23 Independence, OR 9,355 235 1,924
24 Oregon City, OR 36,485 197 2,014
25 La Grande, OR 13,071 160 2,761
26 Sutherlin, OR 7,932 189 2,256
27 Forest Grove, OR 24,433 200 2,128
28 The Dalles, OR 15,413 129 3,153
29 Hermiston, OR 17,280 185 2,633
30 Tualatin, OR 27,370 189 2,641
31 Central Point, OR 18,161 181 2,841
32 Sweet Home, OR 9,337 96 4,616
33 Hillsboro, OR 104,440 285 1,924
34 Cornelius, OR 12,402 282 1,967
35 Florence, OR 8,685 115 4,801
36 Talent, OR 6,483 416 1,681
37 St. Helens, OR 13,184 288 2,480
38 Fairview, OR 9,350 213 3,090
39 Astoria, OR 9,655 165 4,660
40 Tigard, OR 51,885 240 2,881
41 Woodburn, OR 25,395 299 2,610
42 Pendleton, OR 16,927 271 2,906
43 Molalla, OR 9,064 242 3,144
44 Stayton, OR 8,028 236 3,437
45 Ashland, OR 21,017 228 3,939
46 Gresham, OR 111,491 380 2,749
47 Eagle Point, OR 8,987 233 3,927
48 Lebanon, OR 16,487 242 3,481
49 Redmond, OR 29,164 274 3,336
50 Seaside, OR 6,556 183 7,489
51 Roseburg, OR 22,159 194 6,083
52 Winston, OR 5,396 296 3,280
53 Ontario, OR 10,925 201 6,764
54 Cottage Grove, OR 10,025 239 5,446
55 Prineville, OR 9,595 573 3,105
56 Madras, OR 6,735 326 3,563
57 Klamath Falls, OR 22,296 327 3,520
58 Grants Pass, OR 37,317 257 5,386
59 Eugene, OR 164,883 365 3,831
60 Salem, OR 166,508 320 4,000
61 Springfield, OR 61,164 299 4,836
62 Portland, OR 642,129 492 5,152
63 Lincoln City, OR 8,588 593 5,065
64 Medford, OR 80,794 503 7,040

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