These Are The 10 Safest Places In Oregon - 2018 Edition

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 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.

After analyzing 64 cities in Oregon with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list of the safest cities in Oregon for 2018:

  1. Junction City (Photos)
  2. Brookings (Photos)
  3. Sherwood (Photos)
  4. Lake Oswego (Photos)
  5. Sandy (Photos)
  6. Canby (Photos)
  7. Umatilla (Photos)
  8. Silverton (Photos)
  9. Newberg-Dundee
  10. Beaverton (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Oregon

Safest Cities in Oregon Graph

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, OR

Junction City, Or

Population: 5,935
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 488 (1st safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in Oregon for 2018 is Junction City -- a classic example of everything that makes Oregon great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 204.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,978 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Brookings, OR

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)

If you're thinking of moving to Oregon and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Brookings -- the 2nd safest in the Beaver State.

Brookings is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 130.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Brookings.

3. Sherwood, OR

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)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Sherwood ranks as the 3rd safest city in Oregon.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Sherwood.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Lake Oswego, OR

Lake Oswego, Or

Population: 38,860
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,147 (7th safest)

You might be surprised to find Lake Oswego this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Lake Oswego is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Beaver State boasts the 7th best property crime rate and 6th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Sandy, OR

Sandy, Or

Population: 10,855
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,750 (11th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Sandy, OR.

You get what you pay for in Sandy -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,356 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Sandy residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Sandy in a heartbeat.

6. Canby, OR

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)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Canby, the 6th safest city in Oregon.

The town of some 17395 people will have to try and continue to keep Canby a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Canby?

7. Umatilla, OR

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)

Umatilla is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Oregon.

It has 1 in 149.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 638 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Oregon.

8. Silverton, OR

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)

The eighth safest city in Oregon for 2018 goes to Silverton. Let's see why.

There were only 10 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 192 property crimes to boot.

9. Newberg-Dundee, OR

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)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Oregon, may we present Newberg-Dundee as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Oregon, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

443 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 10th best in Oregon on a rate basis.

10. Beaverton, OR

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)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Beaverton.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Beaverton residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 133 violent crimes and 1,403 property crimes in Beaverton; that's really good for a place of 97907 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

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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