Safest Places to Live in Oregon 2021

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Last Update: January 21, 2021 Living

Oregon is located on the West Coast of the United States, in the Pacific Northwest region. With over 4 million residents, it is the 27th most populous state in the US. Oregon’s capital is Salem, while the most populous city is Portland. Portland is home to over 630,000 people.

When it comes to geographical diversity, Oregon is definitely in the top contestants among the US states. It has volcanoes, rivers, lakes (Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the country), amazing evergreen and mixed forests, shrublands, high desert, and the Pacific coastline.

Oregon’s economy is diverse, including agriculture, fishing, timber production, technology, and of course, Nike. Cycling is prevalent in Oregon, and there are numerous bike paths where you can enjoy riding your bike.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, safer cities got the lowest score, and those that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those with a population under 5,000 were not included in the list.

10 Safest Places in Oregon 2021

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lake Oswego 39 888 24 0,60
2 Sherwood 19 865 12 0,60
3 West Linn 26 962 19 0,70
4 Molalla 9 328 9 0,96
5 La Grande 13 294 14 1,05
6 Umatilla 7 202 8 1,11
7 Newberg-Dundee 27 378 33 1,21
8 Albany 54 993 70 1,27
9 Ashland 21 415 29 1,35
10 Talent 6 604 9 1,36

Crime Score in All Cities in Oregon 2021

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Oregon cities.

We can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Gearhart 1 612 0 0,00
2 Cannon Beach 1 756 0 0,00
3 Banks 2 055 1 0,49
4 Columbia City 2 048 1 0,49
5 Hines 1 549 1 0,65
6 Sunriver 1 393 1 0,72
7 Gervais 2 783 2 0,72
8 Vernonia 2 288 2 0,87
9 Carlton 2 206 2 0,91
10 Rainier 2 017 2 0,99
11 Jacksonville 2 919 3 1,03
12 North Plains 2 226 3 1,35
13 Stanfield 2 094 6 2,87
14 Rogue River 2 365 7 2,96
15 Pilot Rock 1 510 5 3,31
16 Coburg 1 156 4 3,46
17 Rockaway Beach 1 415 6 4,24
18 Burns 2 781 13 4,67

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 King City 4 072 1 0,25
2 Toledo 3 648 1 0,27
3 Molalla 9 328 9 0,96
4 Mount Angel 3 621 4 1,10
5 Umatilla 7 202 8 1,11
6 Myrtle Creek 3 508 4 1,14
7 Talent 6 604 9 1,36
8 Scappoose 7 592 11 1,45
9 North Bend 9 775 16 1,64
10 Hood River 7 876 13 1,65
11 Eagle Point 9 530 16 1,68
12 Winston 5 515 10 1,81
13 Florence 9 183 17 1,85
14 Stayton 8 318 16 1,92
15 Hubbard 3 598 7 1,95
16 Milton-Freewater 7 051 14 1,99
17 Baker City 9 750 22 2,26
18 Sutherlin 8 136 24 2,95
19 Madras 7 028 21 2,99
20 Phoenix 4 627 15 3,24
21 Warrenton 5 772 21 3,64
22 Boardman 3 425 13 3,80
23 Reedsport 4 123 16 3,88
24 Coquille 3 933 19 4,83

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Sherwood 19 865 12 0,60
2 West Linn 26 962 19 0,70
3 La Grande 13 294 14 1,05
4 Newberg-Dundee 27 378 33 1,21
5 Ashland 21 415 29 1,35
6 Monmouth 10 630 15 1,41
7 Silverton 10 831 16 1,48
8 Central Point 18 753 31 1,65
9 Lebanon 17 304 29 1,68
10 The Dalles 15 752 28 1,78
11 Canby 17 962 32 1,78
12 Independence 10 367 19 1,83
13 Gladstone 12 340 24 1,94
14 Forest Grove 25 063 52 2,07
15 Tualatin 27 788 63 2,27
16 Hermiston 17 780 47 2,64
17 Cornelius 12 827 35 2,73
18 Dallas 16 983 48 2,83
19 St. Helens 13 900 41 2,95
20 Pendleton 16 796 54 3,22
21 Roseburg 23 447 78 3,33
22 Woodburn 26 338 90 3,42
23 Newport 10 772 37 3,43
24 Prineville 10 479 38 3,63
25 Coos Bay 16 471 76 4,61
26 Klamath Falls 22 447 105 4,68
27 Ontario 11 044 82 7,42
28 Astoria 10 040 75 7,47

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lake Oswego 39 888 24 0,60
2 Albany 54 993 70 1,27
3 Keizer 40 109 61 1,52
4 Bend 100 588 154 1,53
5 McMinnville 34 935 69 1,98
6 Tigard 55 621 119 2,14
7 Beaverton 100 130 217 2,17
8 Redmond 31 558 71 2,25
9 Hillsboro 110 549 274 2,48
10 Oregon City 37 723 107 2,84
11 Springfield 63 438 190 3,00
12 Grants Pass 38 475 121 3,14
13 Salem 175 867 670 3,81
14 Eugene 173 183 675 3,90
15 Gresham 110 692 490 4,43
16 Portland 662 114 3 606 5,45

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

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