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:
- Medford (Photos)
- Lincoln City (Photos)
- Portland (Photos)
- Springfield (Photos)
- Salem (Photos)
- Eugene (Photos)
- Grants Pass (Photos)
- Klamath Falls (Photos)
- Madras (Photos)
- Prineville (Photos)
Why did Medford 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.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Oregon for 2018?
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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.
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 64 cities in Oregon.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 64 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 — Medford. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Oregon.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Oregon.
Population: 80,794Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 503
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,040
In the southwestern part of the state, Medford is the 1st 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 2014-16.
In 2016, residents of Medford had a 1 in 198 chance of being the victim of violence.
2. Lincoln City
Population: 8,588Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 593
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,065
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 2014-16.
That’s means residents have a 1 in 168 chance of being a victim of violence in 2016.
Population: 642,129Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 492
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,152
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 203 chance of being murdered, raped, or assaulted in 2016, and a 1 in 19.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.
That’s definitely not cool.
Population: 61,164Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 299
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,836
A city in Lane County, Springfield has seen crime become a problem over the last decade.
Perhaps that has something to do with the high rate of violent crime, with residents facing a 1 in 334 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
On the bright side, instances of property crime fell during this time period.
Population: 166,508Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 320
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,000
Salem is the 2nd most populous state in Oregon, and is the economic and cultural hub of its part of Oregon.
The population has been growing for the first time in 50 years, but the crime numbers remain relatively high.
Though property crime fell by 25% from 2014-16, violent crime also rose by 12%, leaving residents a 1 in 312 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
Population: 164,883Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 365
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,831
The 3rd most populated city in the state and home of the University of Oregon, Eugene’s recent rise in crime lands it on this list.
Between 2014-16, violent crime rose and property crime increased, which “earned” Eugene the title of 6th most dangerous city in Oregon.
7. Grants Pass
Population: 37,317Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 257
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,386
Grants Pass is located in a region of southwestern Oregon known as Rogue Valley, which may explain the high rate of thievery in the city.
The property crime rate in Grants Pass jumped to a 1 in 14 chance of encountering a shadowy rogue in 2016.
But hey, at least Grants Pass has the 19th most violent crime on this list (which really isn’t saying much, I guess).
8. Klamath Falls
Population: 22,296Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 327
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,520
Located 25 miles north of the California border, Klamath Falls has seen modest improvements in its crime rate of late.
Violent crime went down by 5% and property crime by 9% between 2014-16.
At this rate, Klamath Falls should be replaced by another city in Oregon in a few years time.
Population: 6,735Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 326
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,563
Madras ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Oregon.
Over 6,735 people jam pack Madras which must contribute to its high level of property crime (17th highest overall). Violent crime is a bit less of an issue placing 9th overall.
Population: 9,595Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 573
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,105
The smallest city to make this list, Prineville is located 45 miles northwest of Oregon’s capital, Salem.
The small city experienced a large rise in violent crime between 2014-16.
Still, Prineville is the 2nd most violent place on this list, with residents facing about a 1 in 174 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
Locking It All Up In Oregon
The latest FBI crime data shows that Medford ranks as the most dangerous city in Oregon for 2018.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Medford’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Oregon:
- Junction City
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