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Safest Cities in Oregon

A Guide to Oregon's Safest Cities

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List of Oregon’s Safest Cities

 

This list of the Safest Cities in Oregon includes only cities with a population of 10,000 and above.  There are many smaller towns and communities which would certainly qualify as some of the safest places to live in Oregon, but would be considered more rural than urban in nature.

Known as The Beaver State, Oregon is is one of the most geographically diverse states. It is the 9th largest and 27th most populated state in the country. 

Oregon ranks 21st in median household income, at $62,212.

 

Average Oregon Crime Rate

 

 The average Oregon crime rate is as follows:

Avg. Violent Crimes in OR

Oregon – State Average Violent Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

Avg. Property Crimes in OR

Oregon- State Average Property Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

 

What are the Safest Places to Live in Oregon?

 

While the average crime rates per 100K are higher….there are many Oregon communities with especially low crime rates.

Six of the Top 10 Safest Cities in Oregon had less than 300 property crimes.

Eight of the Top 10 Safest Cities in Oregon had less than 50 violent crimes.

If you are looking for the best places to live in Oregon, this list of safest cities in OR is a good place to start.

Following are the top cities with populations above 10,000 which have been recognized as the safest communities in Oregon.

 

What are the Top 10 Safest Cities in Oregon?

1.   Lake Oswego

2.   Sherwood

3.   Monmouth

4.   Canby

5.   St. Helens

6.   Forest Grove

7.   Cornelius

8.   Beaverton

9.   Dallas

10. La Grande

Safest Cities in  Oregon Video Summary

Lake Oswego, OR

Lake Oswego, OR

Population

39,318

Violent Crimes

15

Property Crimes

452

Sherwood, OR

Sherwood, OR

Population

19,473

Violent Crimes

16

Property Crimes

228

Monmouth, OR

Monmouth, OR

Population

10,282

Violent Crimes

13

Property Crimes

133

Canby, OR

Canby, OR

Population

17,823

Violent Crimes

28

Property Crimes

226

St. Helens, OR

St. Helens, OR

Population

13,611

Violent Crimes

22

Property Crimes

246

Forest Grove, OR

Forest Grove, OR

Population

24,520

Violent Crimes

62

Property Crimes

432

Cornelius, OR

Cornelius, OR

Population

12,515

Violent Crimes

37

Property Crimes

233

Beaverton, OR

Beaverton, OR

Population

98,897

Violent Crimes

172

Property Crimes

1760

Dallas, OR

Dallas, OR

Population

16,152

Violent Crimes

47

Property Crimes

335

La Grande, OR

La Grande, OR

Population

13,252

Violent Crimes

18

Property Crimes

284

Make YOUR Home and Family Safer!

More of the Safest Cities in Oregon

11-20

Silverton

Keizer

Milwaukie

Bend

Hillsboro

Corvallis

Central Point

McMinnville

Albany

Hemiston

21-30

Tigard

Tualatin

Redmond

Klamath Falls

Woodburn

Ashland

Prineville

Lebanon

Gresham

Springfield

 

How We Rated the Safest Cities in Oregon

 

To rank the safest towns and cities of Oregon, we referenced the most recent complete (2017) FBI Uniform Crime Report. Towns and cities with 10,000 residents or higher, who recorded their crime data, were included. 

We analyzed both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft).  In order to reflect the seriousness of the crimes, these figures were weighted. Property crimes which were factored by .50 and were added to the violent crimes.

The sum of the two was then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

 

The Best Places to Live in Oregon – Crime Ratings

 

While no rating system is perfect, this provides a reasonably good mathematical gauge of the overall safety and security in the community. If you’re looking to find the best places to live in Oregon, this list is a great place to start.

Please note that not every town and city reports their records. If a town or city did not report their stats to the FBI, they were not included in the list.  Any communities with reporting ommissions or anomalies might also not be reflected in this year’s rankings.

When evaluating a community, one must realize that certain neighborhoods inside any city may have much lower crime rates than other areas. This is especially true in larger cities. Consequently, it is important to check into specific neighborhoods within the community and talk with local authorities to get a feel for the security and safety of a neighborhood.

If you are interested in ways to keep your family and home safer, check out our Tips for Better Home Security…and consider a professionally monitored home security system.

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