These Are The 10 Safest Places 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)

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 /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.

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

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 (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.

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 (/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.

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

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)
More on Newberg-Dundee: 

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 (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.

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

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

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