10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon For 2020

We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Beaver State for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Oregon and is updated for 2020.

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No, it’s not all peace, love, and harmony in The Beaver State. RoadSnacks knows of 281 violent crimes and 2,968 property crimes that says so.

Do you think that you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Oregon? Now, before you lock your doors and grab your taser, we suggest you take a look at RoadSnacks’ list of the most dangerous places in Oregon for 2020, there might be some that surprise you.

How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 62 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. We discovered that Oregon’s violent and property crime numbers, while not the worst in the country, could be better.

If you asked most Oregonians, they would say that their little corner of this Pacific Northwest state is the best, but that’s not the case for the people who live in Oregon’s most dangerous places. The residents in these places are not only witnessing high crime, they are dealing with unemployment, low wages, and lack of rehabilitation programs.

And while Oregon might not be one of the top ten most dangerous states in the country, the state’s most dangerous places do need some work. Maybe more police? Security cameras? Drug programs? We’re not entirely sure. One thing that we are sure about, however, is that you should take a look below at the list of Oregon’s most dangerous places before you make any life changing decisions.

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon For 2020

  1. Portland
  2. Lincoln City
  3. Ontario
  4. Medford
  5. Warrenton
  6. Woodburn
  7. Salem
  8. Tillamook
  9. Prineville
  10. North Bend

If you guessed that most of the state’s problems are centralized around most of Oregon’s largest cities, Portland and Salem, you guessed right. Oregon’s biggest cities can’t catch a break. Surprisingly, however, the most dangerous place in Oregon doesn’t even have 10,000 residents.

So, where is Oregon’s most dangerous place? The most dangerous place in Oregon would be, Portland.

To see how your city faired, take a look at the list below; and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.

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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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Oregon For 2020

Portland, OR

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Population: 657,260
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 520 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,459 (2nd 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 192 chance of being murdered, raped, or assaulted in 2018, and a 1 in 18.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.

That’s definitely not cool.

Lincoln City, OR

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Population: 8,998
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 633 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,256 (5th 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 2017-2018.

That’s means residents have a 1 in 157 chance of being a victim of violence in 2018.

Ontario, OR

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Population: 10,958
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 511 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,265 (4th most dangerous)
More on Ontario:  Data | Photos

Located along Snake River on border of Idaho, Ontario is the 3rd most violent city in Oregon and places as the 3rd most dangerous overall.

Instances of violent crime leave Ontario residents with a 1 in 195 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.

Property crime is also at a consistently high level, with about 1 case of theft or arson for every 19.0 residents, each year.

Medford, OR

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Population: 82,800
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 486 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,390 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Medford:  Data | Photos

In the southwestern part of the state, Medford is the 4th 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 2017-2018.

In 2018, residents of Medford had a 1 in 205 chance of being the victim of violence.

Warrenton, OR

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Population: 5,688
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 421 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,869 (7th most dangerous)
More on Warrenton:  Data | Photos

Warrenton placed 5th on our list due, in part, to a 1 in 20.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Woodburn, OR

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Population: 26,031
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 426 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,695 (13th most dangerous)
More on Woodburn:  Data | Photos

Woodburn is the 6th most dangerous city in Oregon.

There’s a 1 in 27.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson — pretty darn high — and those numbers have remained consistently high in recent years.

Woodburn is located in Marion County.

Salem, OR

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Population: 172,022
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 417 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,168 (10th most dangerous)
More on Salem:  Data | Photos

Salem has more problems — namely crime. It’s the 7th most dangerous city in Oregon.

Statistically, 1 in 239 people in Salem was the victim of a rape, attack or outright killed in 2018. That’s a really large number.

And that’s just residents who actually reported a crime. Chances are it was even higher than that.

Tillamook, OR

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Population: 5,295
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 20)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 434 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,588 (17th most dangerous)
More on Tillamook:  Data | Photos

Tillamook, Oregon experienced 190 property crimes in 2018, meaning residents had about a 1 in 27.9 chance of being a victim of theft or arson.

That number hasn’t changed much in recent years, but the violent crime rate dropped, making a big difference in Tillamook’s overall ranking.

Prineville, OR

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Population: 10,184
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 422 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,642 (15th most dangerous)
More on Prineville:  Data | Photos

Prineville, located in Crook County, is the 9th most dangerous and 8th most violent city in Oregon.

Violent crime has remained high from 2017-2018, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

North Bend, OR

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Population: 9,705
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 19)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 298 (18th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,214 (9th most dangerous)
More on North Bend:  Data | Photos

North Bend has seen recent crime trend upwards. Violent crime has increased in 2017-2018, with most recent numbers showing an high 1 in 334 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Property crime is also high at 1 in 23.7 chance of being a victim.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Oregon

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Oregon for 2020?

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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

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 Oregon cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 62 cities in Oregon.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 62 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 — Portland. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

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

Locking It All Up In Oregon

The latest FBI crime data shows that Portland ranks as the most dangerous city in Oregon for 2020.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Portland 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. West Linn (Pop. 26,934)
  2. Umatilla (Pop. 7,162)
  3. Lake Oswego (Pop. 39,557)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Portland 657,260 520 5,459
2 Lincoln City 8,998 633 5,256
3 Ontario 10,958 511 5,265
4 Medford 82,800 486 5,390
5 Warrenton 5,688 421 4,869
6 Woodburn 26,031 426 3,695
7 Salem 172,022 417 4,168
8 Tillamook 5,295 434 3,588
9 Prineville 10,184 422 3,642
10 North Bend 9,705 298 4,214

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8 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon For 2020

  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!!

  2. Sorry Brandy…NO ONE owes you or others a soft place to land. You make your way the same as we did in 1940 and you don’t rely on the government or the community. You rely on family if you have any and if not you stop with the “poor me” attitude and get up and MOVE……no we didn’t have an Oregon Trail card or WIC or anything free. We worked at any job that was available & made sure our priority was shelter-food & clothing —not wifi, phones & TV or cars. Strap on your adult pants and make it happen

  3. It was stated on the link to Lincoln City (on this site) that Lincoln City is the county seat, of Lincoln County. That would be news to Newport, which has been the county seat since February 20, 1893, and still is.

    Lincoln City didn’t exist as a city before March, 1965, when it was incorporated. It is made up of the former strip of towns running along U.S. 101 ( Wecoma Beach, Oceanlake, Delake, Nelscott, Taft, and Cutler City, now considered “neighborhoods” of Lincoln City.)

    Someone isn’t doing their research. How are we supposed to believe anything here, when such a stupid “fact” is stated. (That, and the statement that you can “go south from Tillamook” and visit Astoria!)

  4. Lots of junkies in Seaside and Astoria half the town is strung out, and how do they pay for their habits…….with your stuff they steal. But will locking them up help, No only good treatment facilities and treatment plans will help and their D.A doesn’t go from that hes all about locking them up so crime will continue sorry clatsop county thank your D.A.

  5. That’s why there should be working prisons.

    If I break into someone’s house and steal their 1000 dollar laptop. Get caught, then go to jail. Serve time, then get released.

    This is what happens—-

    The victim just lost a 1000 dollar laptop. The victim also gets victimized again by paying for the cops to find me with their tax money. The victim is victimized a third time by now having their tax money go to pay for me to be in jail which is around 100 a day in Oregon. I get released and now am shunned by the state making it nearly impossible for me to become a contributing member of society, which I made a bad choice, but even though I served my time, it will be impossible for me to survive, so I steal or sell drugs again.

    If there were working prisons …I would go to prison. I was a mechanic, so am put to work in that field. I have to work to pay off the laptop, the cost of the police to catch me, pay for my time in prison by working It off. Then when I have paid everyone back I get released. I also have a purpose again and now want to be a contributing member of society again and don’t have a felony on my record so can do so.

  6. Helpful information as a new Oregon resident. Some were a surprise like Seaside. Just like Socal. the homeless are getting the beachfront property.
    So far, I’m liking where I am, in Oregon City. Near all the freeways so able to get to many nearby cities in 30-40 minutes.

  7. I moved to Medford 15 years ago and what a gem of place to move to coming from a big city of gangs and crime (I thought I found where I would stay forever) Now this town has turned into a heroin and meth users UTOPIA with the courts and probation departments in this city letting these addicts & thieves out of jail right after being arrested to go back out and steal and hurt the law abiding citizens its sick. Since 2008 this city has made being on the wrong side of the law acceptable and now a part of life in this Valley. I am now searching for my next destination to live that doesn’t pander to addicts and thieves. If you have young children or teenagers avoid at any cost moving or transferring to this city.

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