Oregon’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Oregon for 2020. See if your city made the list.

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If you call Oregon home, you probably worry less about safety on a daily basis than most of the country. And if you live in one of The Beaver State’s safest cities, you enjoy the lowest crime rates in the state.

See the full list of Oregon’s 20 safest cities of 2020.

Our 2020 State of Safety survey revealed that 43% of Oregonians feel high concern about their safety every day. That’s slightly below the national average of 46%.

Oregon crime stats infographic

Oregon’s violent crime rate is lower than the national average—2.9 incidents per 1,000 people versus 3.7. The state doesn’t do as well when it comes to property crime, though. Property crime in Oregon happens at a rate of 28.9 incidents per 1,000, compared to 22.0 nationwide.

Oregon's daily level of concern dropped by 16% this year, but reported violent crime experience went up 75%.

When it comes to how often people experience crime in the Beaver State, those trends are flipped. Oregon reported higher experience with violent crime than the national average (14% versus 12%), but the state came in lower than the national average in regard to experience with property crime (21% versus 26%).

Violent Crime in Oregon: Fear vs. Reality

Physical assault by a stranger is the top violent crime concern in Oregon, but people think it’s more likely that they’d fall victim to a mass shooting.

  • 42% named physical assault by a stranger as the most worrisome violent crime, compared to 40% nationwide.  
  • Aggravated assault was the most prevalent violent crime reported by the safest cities, accounting for 57% of all violent crimes reported. Statewide, aggravated assault makes up 62% of all violent crime.
  • 20% said they think the violent crime that’s most likely to happen to them is a mass shooting. That’s just below the national average of 23% that feel the same way. 
  • Between 2014 and 2019, there have been 7 mass shootings in Oregon, resulting in 15 dead and 31 injured. Nationwide, there were 2,087 mass shooting incidents during the same time period. 
Oregon crime stats infographic

Property Crime in Oregon: Fear vs. Reality

Burglary is the most concerning property crime in Oregon, but people feel it’s more likely that someone will break into their car.

  • 61% expressed highest concern about someone breaking in to their home when no one’s at home, versus 62% nationally.
  • Burglary accounted for 11% of all property crime reported by the safest cities and 13% of all violent crime in Oregon.
  • 43% said they think the most likely property crime to happen is a vehicle break-in, compared to 36% nationwide.
  • Larceny-theft is the most common property crime in Oregon, totalling 73% of the state’s property crimes and 81% of the property crimes reported by the safest cities.
  • Only 17% of Oregon respondents have a home security system, versus 24% across the US.
  • 31% use a dog or other guard animal to protect their property—just under the national average of 33%.
  • 35% don’t use any form of protection or security, versus 29% nationwide.
Oregon crime stats infographic
Oregon crime stats infographic

A Closer Look at Oregon’s Safest Cities of 2020

For the purposes of this report, the terms “safest” and “dangerous” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • West Linn is one of four new cities this year, and it tops the list. The other newbies are La Grande, St. Helens, and Newberg-Dundee.
  • Five cities (25%) improved their ranking year over year, with Independence jumping 19 places to round out the top five.
  • Eight cities (40%) dropped in rank this year, including Lake Oswego which slipped from number one last year to number two.
  • Every city on the list beat both state (2.9) and national (3.7) violent crime rates and every city limited violent crime to fewer than three incidents per 1,000.
  • Lake Oswego had the lowest violent crime rate with 0.5 incidents per 1,000.
  • Nineteen cities (95%) did better than the state’s property crime rate (28.9), and 70% beat the national rate (22.0).
  • West Linn had the lowest property crime rate at 8.7 incidents per 1,000.

Property crime is higher in Oregon than the rest of the country, and only two cities reported fewer than 200 total property crimes: Monmouth with 144 and Independence with 175.

Oregon safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 20 Safest Cities in Oregon

VC = Violent Crime PC = Property Crime

#1
West Linn
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New
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,934
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $100,188
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.9, Not available, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.7, Not available, Not available
Lake Oswego, Oregon
#2
Lake Oswego
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-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,557
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,993
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.4, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    13.4, 11.5, 11.5
Monmouth, Oregon
#3
Monmouth
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,457
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $36,748
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 1.3, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    13.8, 12.9, 19.6
La Grande, Oregon map
#4
La Grande
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,186
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $40,750
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.9, 1.4, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    20.0, 21.4, 27.6
Independence, Oregon
#5
Independence
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+19
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,280
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $48,283
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.3, 2.8, 2.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    17.0, 14.7, 19.2
St Helens, Oregon map
#6
St. Helens
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,800
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $45,789
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.5, 1.6, 2.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.8, 18.1, 24.8
#7
Newberg-Dundee
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New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,122
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $54,856
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.5, 1.4, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.5, 0.0, 17.0
Silverton, Oregon
#8
Silverton
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+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,477
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,603
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.1, 1.8, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    20.4, 21.5, 19.5
Milwaukie, Oregon
#9
Milwaukie
(
-2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,873
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $58,911
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.7, 1.5, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.8, 22.6, 21.3
Forest Grove, Oregon
#10
Forest Grove
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+7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,560
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $54,503
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.7, 2.5, 2.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    17.7, 17.6, 21.3
Bend, Oregon
#11
Bend
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-2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    97,403
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,563
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.7, 1.6, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    21.3, 20.9, 22.5
Beaverton, Oregon
#12
Beaverton
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-2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    98,616
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $64,619
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.9, 1.7, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    20.7, 17.8, 14.3
Canby, Oregon
#13
Canby
(
-5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,914
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $66,220
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.5, 1.6, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.5, 12.7, 10.3
Kiezer, Oregon map
#14
Keizer
  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,727
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,722
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.1, 2.0, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    22.4, 21.0, 20.2
Central Point, Oregon
#15
Central Point
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+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,402
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $48,409
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.9, 2.6, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    25.1, 25.7, 28.4
Hillsboro, Oregon
#16
Hillsboro
  • Circle Population
    Population
    109,121
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,599
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.6, 2.5, 2.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    19.0, 20.0, 19.2
Corvallis, Oregon
#17
Corvallis
(
-13
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    58,491
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $46,285
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.6, 1.3, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    31.4, 25.0, 27.8
Tualatin, Oregon
#18
Tualatin
(
-12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,671
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $72,580
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.2, 1.4, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    26.3, 30.7, 26.4
#19
Cornelius
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,580
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,766
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.5, 3.0, 2.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    23.6, 18.6, 19.7
Tigard, Oregon
#20
Tigard
(
-7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    53,880
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,120
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.1, 1.9, 2.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    28.9, 27.2, 28.8

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankingCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
21

Ashland

21,269

1.8

33

22

The Dalles

15,740

2.1

29.6

23

Baker City

9,779

1.9

33.1

24

Pendleton

16,681

2.6

27

25

McMinnville

34,669

2.4

30.7

26

Dallas

16,561

2.7

29.7

27

Hermiston

17,517

2.4

33.3

28

Redmond

30,597

2.4

36.1

29

Newport

10,684

2.8

32.4

30

Oregon City

36,918

3.6

23.5

31

Springfield

62,786

2.9

33.8

32

Cottage Grove

10,241

2.6

40.5

33

Grants Pass

37,814

3.6

35.5

34

Eugene

170,771

3.9

32.2

35

Klamath Falls

22,242

4.1

33.5

36

Coos Bay

16,343

2.8

47.4

37

Gresham

111,797

4.2

34.2

38

Prineville

10,184

4.2

36.4

39

Woodburn

26,031

4.3

37

40

Salem

172,022

4.2

41.7

41

Roseburg

22,366

2.6

59.8

42

Medford

82,800

4.9

53.9

43

Ontario

10,958

5.1

52.7

44

Portland

657,260

5.2

54.6

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out the safest cities for each state.

Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder
BestPlaces, “Find a Place Search Tool
Gun Violence Archive (GVA), “Mass Shootings Reports

Mass Shooting Definition

SafeWise uses the GVA definition of a mass shooting: “If four or more people are shot or killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter, that incident is categorized as a mass shooting based purely on that numerical threshold.”

Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.