These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Oregon For 2017
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 44 places in Oregon with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
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 (Sept 2015). 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 1,543 crimes committed in Brookings which had a reported population of 6,376. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.242 which translates into a 1 in 4 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 44 places in Oregon to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 44 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 Brookings. The most dangerous? Coos Bay, where residents had a 1 in 2 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.
Population: 6,376Property Crime Rank: 636Violent Crime Rank: 907
Population: 9,436Property Crime Rank: 1,567Violent Crime Rank: 360
Population: 6,999Property Crime Rank: 608Violent Crime Rank: 2,011
4. Hood River
Population: 7,412Property Crime Rank: 1,932Violent Crime Rank: 261
Population: 37,115Property Crime Rank: 1,667Violent Crime Rank: 1,265
Population: 9,869Property Crime Rank: 1,736Violent Crime Rank: 1,311
Population: 6,244Property Crime Rank: 1,563Violent Crime Rank: 1,765
Population: 5,143Property Crime Rank: 2,573Violent Crime Rank: 1
9. La Grande
Population: 13,088Property Crime Rank: 2,137Violent Crime Rank: 1,022
Population: 54,981Property Crime Rank: 2,251Violent Crime Rank: 1,058
There You Have It - The Safest In Oregon
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Brookings 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: Lincoln City 2nd Most Dangerous: Medford Most Dangerous: Coos Bay