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.

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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 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:

  1. Brookings
  2. Silverton
  3. Umatilla
  4. Hood River
  5. Keizer
  6. Monmouth
  7. Talent
  8. Warrenton
  9. La Grande
  10. Corvallis

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:

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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
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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.

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1. Brookings

Brookings - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,376
Property Crime Rank: 636
Violent Crime Rank: 907

2. Silverton

Silverton - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,436
Property Crime Rank: 1,567
Violent Crime Rank: 360

3. Umatilla

Umatilla - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,999
Property Crime Rank: 608
Violent Crime Rank: 2,011

4. Hood River

Hood River - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,412
Property Crime Rank: 1,932
Violent Crime Rank: 261

5. Keizer

Keizer - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,115
Property Crime Rank: 1,667
Violent Crime Rank: 1,265

6. Monmouth

Monmouth - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,869
Property Crime Rank: 1,736
Violent Crime Rank: 1,311

7. Talent

Talent - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,244
Property Crime Rank: 1,563
Violent Crime Rank: 1,765

8. Warrenton

Warrenton - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,143
Property Crime Rank: 2,573
Violent Crime Rank: 1

9. La Grande

La Grande - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,088
Property Crime Rank: 2,137
Violent Crime Rank: 1,022

10. Corvallis

Corvallis - Safest Places In Oregon
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,981
Property Crime Rank: 2,251
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Oregon

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Hood River47,4121,932261
La Grande913,0882,1371,022
Central Point1417,6042,1271,573
The Dalles1615,1362,4771,059
Baker City229,7772,7931,130
Eagle Point258,7013,4211,593
Sweet Home299,1403,6991,112
Klamath Falls3121,2613,0352,720
Grants Pass3936,3783,5482,479
Cottage Grove409,8193,7482,078
Lincoln City428,3863,5763,139
Coos Bay4416,0623,6743,212

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