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The 20 Safest Cities in Oregon — 2016

Safest Cities in Oregon

Oregon boasts more than 700 vineyards, a world-famous Shakespeare Festival, and the deepest river gorge in North America. Plus, it is home to Portland — often considered one of the best cities in America. But Oregon’s accolades don’t end there. According to the 2014 FBI Crime Report, it is also safer than most other states.

For any resident of Oregon’s 20 safest cities, the chance of being a victim of crime is 75% less than it is nationally. In fact, 16 cities reported no murders, and six cited no robberies. We congratulate all of the cities that made our list, but we want to highlight the achievements of a few select communities — starting with Hubbard. For the second year in a row, Hubbard is the safest city in Oregon. We also want to recognize the city of Bandon, which reported no violent offenses at all. We applaud the fact that despite having nearly 100,000 residents, Beaverton cited less than nine total crimes per 1,000 people.

Regardless of where you call home, being proactive about your personal safety and the security of your property is one of the best ways to help avoid becoming a crime victim. Find out what crimes occur most often in your city, and then use the resources in our Oregon Safety Directory to help better protect yourself and your home.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Oregon

To identify the 10 safest cities in Oregon, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Hubbard 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.62 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.37

2. Junction City 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.17
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.35

3. Scappoose 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.73 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.62

4. West Linn 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.31 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.62

5. Brookings 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.94
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.40

6. Coquille 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.58 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.98

7. Bandon 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.44

8. Lake Oswego 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.50
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.64

9. Sherwood 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.71

10. King City 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.39 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.44

11. Philomath 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.19

12. Canby 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.95
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.55

13. Aumsville 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.03
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.52

14. Beaverton 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.35 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.11

15. Monmouth 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.10 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.91

16. Boardman 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.22 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.52

17. Keizer

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.75 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 21.11

18. Phoenix

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.87 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 22.52

19. Independence 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.19 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 21.56

20. Oregon City 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.85
Property Crimes per 1,000: 23.18

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Hillsboro 22. Milwaukie 23. Silverton
24. La Grande 25. Talent 26. Mount Angel
27. Bend 28. Dallas 29. Sutherlin
30. Molalla 31. Central Point 32. Tigard
33. Fairview 34. McMinnville 35. Tualatin
36. Hermiston6 37. Woodburn 38. Pendleton
39. Gladstone 40. St. Helens 41. Ashland
42. Cornelius 43. Forest Grove 44. Warrenton
45. Corvallis 46. Tillamook 47. Albany
48. Troutdale 49. Toledo 50. The Dalles
51. Baker City 52. Redmond 53. Prineville
54. Astoria 55. Florence 56. Klamath Falls
57. Salem 58. Springfield 59. Eagle Point
60. Gresham 61. Lincoln City 62. Milton-Freewater
63. Stayton 64. Portland 65. Coos Bay
66. Roseburg 67. North Bend 68. Cottage Grove
69. Newport 70. Ontario 71. Medford
72. Sweet Home

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Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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