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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 placed 5th on our list due, in part, to a 1 in 20.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
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 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, 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, 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 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
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:
- West Linn (Pop. 26,934)
- Umatilla (Pop. 7,162)
- Lake Oswego (Pop. 39,557)
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