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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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 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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Oregon 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)

So what is the most dangerous city in Oregon? After analyzing 58 cities in Oregon, Seaside takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Oregon based on the most recent FBI data.

For 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

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Oregon For 2019

Seaside, OR

Source: Public domain

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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 is one of the most crime-ridden cities in Oregon.

Violent crime and property crime have become an issue between 2015-17, which left Seaside’s residents with a 1 in 94 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 19.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Portland, OR

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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.

Review Of Portland by HomeSnacks User

Every time I visit Portland I am reminded of how much I love it. The atmosphere ia always vibrant and the people are so nice! There are so many things to do that you will never be bored.

Breweries on every corner. I love to go from brewery to brewery and taste all the different beers. Portland is the epitomy of melting pot. There are so many diverse groups and fron that comes a large market of ethnic foods. You can find any ethnic food you can think of.

Medford, OR

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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

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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

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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.

Review Of Lincoln City by HomeSnacks User

Myself and 12 friends rented a house on the beach from AirBnB and it was the most pleasant experience. We could hear the ocean from our hot tub and there was a full arcade downstairs. We got to hang out as a group, cooking dinners together and having fires on the beach. The combination of ocean and forest is unreal. It isn’t too hot or too cold, most of the year.

You can get delicious clam chowder or fresh oysters at Moe’s Restaurant. There is whale watching that is cheaper than any other city I have ever been to.

Astoria, OR

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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

Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2015-17indicates that Astoria isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.

Astoria residents had a 1 in 273 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 22.1 chance of a property crime, 11th and 10th in the state, respectively.

Salem, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

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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

The 2nd biggest city in Oregon, Salem has experienced some unfortunate growth in its crime statistics in recent history.

Violent crime rose by from 2015-17, leaving residents about a 1% chance of being attacked or killed in 2017.

Property crime went up by half as much during this interval, which made for about a 1 in 23.6 chance of being robbed in Salem.

Review Of Salem by HomeSnacks User

Nestled in the lush and colorful Willamette Valley–just 50 miles south of Portland you’ll find Salem, Oregon’s capital. With low crime, a sprawling economy, great wages, and highly educated work force, Salem makes for a vibrant community to raise a family, or meet that special someone. The recreational opportunities, year-round are truly unsurpassed. Ranging from the pacfic northwest’s majestic cascade range–which offers excellent snow-sports and hiking, to oregon’s picturesque oregon coast–with awe-inspiring cliffs, and scenic beauty that rivals any other beaches found on the east coast.

Cultural diversity, natural beauty, and good drivers!

Eugene, OR

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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

A bigger city in Oregon, Eugene finds itself as the 8th most dangerous city in Oregon.

Eugene has plenty of both types of crime — violent crime now sits at 7th worst in Oregon while property crime is 15th worst.

Review Of Eugene by HomeSnacks User

I lived in Eugene, Bend, Lakeview, La Grande and Clay Creek I have friends in Springfield, Portland and Yachats. All these areas are fantastic places and I enjoyed living there very much. I would take any of Oregon’s towns over where I live now. Had to move to So Cal for work but my heart is still in Oregon. The people there are happy, mellow and friendly!

Cottage Grove, OR

Overall SnackAbility

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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

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Overall SnackAbility

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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 10th is Madras, a city of over 6,800.

With residents facing a 1 in 261 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, Madras ranked 8th for that criteria.

Property crime now ranks 19th in Oregon.

Review Of Madras by HomeSnacks User

As a native American from warm springs rezervation next to madras I know a lot of people drop out of school who start…probably what brought % down

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

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)

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Where Are 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

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3 thoughts on “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!!

  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!)

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