These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Beaver State for 2019.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Oregon?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Oregon — and anyone looking to move to Oregon — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Beaver State for 2019:

  1. Seaside (Photos)
  2. Portland (Photos)
  3. Medford (Photos)
  4. Coos Bay (Photos)
  5. Lincoln City (Photos)
  6. Astoria (Photos)
  7. Salem (Photos)
  8. Eugene (Photos)
  9. Cottage Grove (Photos)
  10. Madras (Photos)

After analyzing 58 cities in Oregon, why did Seaside take the top spot?

For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.

Or learn more about the safest places in Oregon.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Oregon

Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon Graph

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Oregon for 2019?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 58 cities in Oregon.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 58 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Oregon — Seaside.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Oregon.

Seaside, OR

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,726
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 14)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,055 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,263 (5th most dangerous)
More on Seaside:  Data | Photos

Seaside ranked 5th overall for property crime, while 1st for violent crime.

Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 649,408
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 515 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,677 (4th most dangerous)
More on Portland:  Data | Photos

So we all knew Portland has a lot of avant-garde hipsters and various disciples of American counter-culture, but the biggest city in Oregon also has one of the worst crime rates in the state.

Residents of the hippest place on Earth had a 1 in 193 chance of being murdered, raped, or assaulted in 2017, and a 1 in 17.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.

That’s definitely not cool.

Medford, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 82,792
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 454 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,961 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Medford:  Data | Photos

In the southwestern part of the state, Medford is the 3rd most violent city in Oregon.

Unfortunately, Medford has experienced a quick and steady rise in its crime in recent years, with both violent and property crime increasing between 2015-17.

In 2017, residents of Medford had a 1 in 220 chance of being the victim of violence.

Coos Bay, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,347
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 367 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,609 (1st most dangerous)
More on Coos Bay:  Data | Photos

Unlike some of the other cities on this list, Coos Bay has been working towards reducing the rate of violent crime, with impressive results.

Coos Bay experienced a drop in violent crime between 2015-17, which is cause for celebration, unlike the increase in property crime.

Residents of Coos Bay has a 1 in 13.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Lincoln City, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,798
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 545 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,682 (9th most dangerous)
More on Lincoln City:  Data | Photos

Named after Abe Lincoln, Lincoln City is the smallest city to make this list.

And this city in of northwestern Oregon has been making great strides to get off this list altogether — the violent crime rate fell between 2015-17.

That’s means residents have a 1 in 183 chance of being a victim of violence in 2017.

Astoria, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,857
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 20)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 365 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,534 (10th most dangerous)
More on Astoria:  Data | Photos

Astoria placed 6th in our ranking of the most dangerous cities in the Beaver State.

This city’s violence now stands a 1 in 273 chance of being the victim of a violent crime. That compares to a 1 in 22.1 chance of being the victim of property crime. That’s pretty bad for a city of about 9,857 people.

Salem, OR

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 169,565
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 378 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,243 (12th most dangerous)
More on Salem:  Data | Photos

Salem experienced a rise in violent crime between 2015-17.

Still, the 1 in 264 chance Salem residents faced of being the victim of violence in 2017 is still lower than other places in the state.

Meanwhile, you have a 1 in 23.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime, making Salem the 12th worst city in Oregon with regards to theft and arson.

Eugene, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 168,310
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 386 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,728 (15th most dangerous)
More on Eugene:  Data | Photos

Eugene placed 8th on our list due, in part, to a 1 in 26.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Cottage Grove, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,182
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 294 (18th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,107 (7th most dangerous)
More on Cottage Grove:  Data | Photos

A smaller city on this list, located in western Oregon, Cottage Grove has experienced some wild swings in crime in recent years.

While instances of violent crime fell to 30 between 2015-17, property crime now stands at 7th worst.

If they could get the same magic working for property crime as they have for violence, Cottage Grove may one day be the idyllic place its residents want it to be.

Madras, OR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,800
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 382 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,411 (19th most dangerous)
More on Madras:  Data | Photos

Coming in as the 10th most dangerous city in Oregon is Madras.

While violent crime has been steadily dropping in recent years, with a 10% total drop in violent crime from 2015-17, property crime went up by nearly the same rate during this interval.

That left residents of Madras a 1 in 1229.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017, and a 1 in 261 chance of being the victim of violence.

Locking It All Up In Oregon

The latest FBI crime data shows that Seaside ranks as the most dangerous city in Oregon for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Seaside and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Oregon:

  1. Umatilla (Pop. 7,009)
  2. Lake Oswego (Pop. 39,318)
  3. Junction City (Pop. 6,174)

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Seaside 6,726 1,055 5,263
2 Portland 649,408 515 5,677
3 Medford 82,792 454 5,961
4 Coos Bay 16,347 367 7,609
5 Lincoln City 8,798 545 4,682
6 Astoria 9,857 365 4,534
7 Salem 169,565 378 4,243
8 Eugene 168,310 386 3,728
9 Cottage Grove 10,182 294 5,107
10 Madras 6,800 382 3,411
11 Klamath Falls 22,436 472 3,097
12 Gresham 112,466 343 3,301
13 Prineville 10,053 318 3,600
14 Woodburn 25,848 332 3,315
15 Grants Pass 38,082 270 4,272
16 Roseburg 22,505 235 5,678
17 Milton-Freewater 7,011 427 2,724
18 Springfield 62,318 271 3,957
19 Florence 8,857 237 4,967
20 Stayton 8,148 331 3,117
21 Lebanon 16,826 267 3,690
22 Redmond 29,870 274 3,123
23 Sweet Home 9,500 221 4,031
24 Hermiston 17,377 270 2,773
25 Eagle Point 9,143 262 3,073
26 Ashland 21,908 187 3,574
27 Central Point 18,525 264 2,574
28 Tillamook 5,214 210 3,049
29 North Bend 9,806 91 5,129
30 Dallas 16,152 290 2,074
31 Cornelius 12,515 295 1,861
32 Brookings 6,560 335 1,509
33 Sutherlin 8,027 236 2,566
34 Tigard 52,524 192 2,720
35 Independence 9,854 284 1,471
36 Baker City 9,764 194 2,560
37 Hillsboro 107,433 249 1,995
38 Tualatin 27,781 143 3,066
39 Molalla 9,245 194 2,195
40 Keizer 39,397 200 2,096
41 Forest Grove 24,520 252 1,761
42 Silverton 10,136 177 2,150
43 McMinnville 35,125 142 2,573
44 Milwaukie 21,033 152 2,258
45 Albany 53,701 104 2,618
46 Bend 93,786 164 2,089
47 Corvallis 57,576 130 2,501
48 Talent 6,558 167 1,829
49 Beaverton 98,897 173 1,779
50 La Grande 13,252 135 2,143
51 St. Helens 13,611 161 1,807
52 Canby 17,823 157 1,268
53 Monmouth 10,282 126 1,293
54 Scappoose 7,236 138 1,147
55 Sherwood 19,473 82 1,170
56 Umatilla 7,009 114 513
57 Lake Oswego 39,318 38 1,149
58 Junction City 6,174 32 194

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon For 2019

  1. Lincoln city oregon needs to …..take care of our own community meaning there’s too many empty houses here and too many locals living off the bottom wasting their lives I see it every day it is terrible there’s also nothing to offer them one shelter here and people complain like things are getting robbed there is barely any jobs here unless you want to be a maid or work at the casino . I don’t have enough time to do that because I’m too busy cleaning my house …with 7 0thers that get to care for there. I don’t like casinos excuse me !! that’s just my opinion. We need to have some more places by private donations that are here and without judgment to help people get on with a new outlook as you know the rain does depressed people…and so can drinking . we can make it sunny when its raining!! with helping each other email me at [email protected] gmail.com for more information* Thanks for reading ! Have awesome day!!

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