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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Oregon for 2020:

  1. Portland (Photos)
  2. Lincoln City (Photos)
  3. Medford (Photos)
  4. Ontario (Photos)
  5. Warrenton (Photos)
  6. Woodburn (Photos)
  7. Salem (Photos)
  8. Prineville (Photos)
  9. Tillamook (Photos)
  10. Roseburg (Photos)

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.

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Oregon

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Oregon For 2020

Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 657,260
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
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.

Review Of Portland by HomeSnacks User

I have lived in Portland for 15 years, but am from eastern Oregon. Having experience living in both rural and metropolitan areas, I can tell you that there are a lot of things that I miss about eastern Oregon, not the least of which is the wonderful, down-to-earth, people that live there. Most live there by choice to get away from the rat race in metro living. You can breathe fresh air, drive without the jerk behind you tailgating and cussing you out, enjoy the beautiful expanse of wilderness, and you can actually see the stars at nighttime… hmmmm, sounds to me like eastern Oregon is a terrible place to live 😉 Don’t ever move there! LOL

Lincoln City, OR

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6
/10

Population: 8,998
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
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.

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.

Medford, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 82,800
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
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 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 2017-2018.

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

Ontario, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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 4th 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.

Warrenton, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

Coming in at number 5 on our list of most dangerous places in Oregon, residents of Warrenton had a 1 in 18.9 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Woodburn, OR

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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 ranks as the 6th most dangerous city in Oregon.

Woodburn ranks as having the 7th highest violent crime rate and 13th highest property crime rate.

Salem, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 172,022
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 417 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,168 (10th most dangerous)
More on Salem:  Data | Photos

Salem experienced a drop in its property crime rate between 2017-2018.

That’s a difference of residents having about a 1 in 15 shot of being the victim of theft or arson at the beginning to a 1 in 24.0 shot in 2018.

Violent crime, meanwhile, remained at around the same level.

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!

Prineville, OR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 10,184
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 422 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,642 (15th most dangerous)
More on Prineville:  Data | Photos

The 43rd most populated city in Oregon, Prineville ranks as the 8th most dangerous.

Prineville’s crime problem has been slowly improving in recent years, with violent crime going down from 2017-2018, and property crime dropping.

Still, Prineville residents face about a 1 in 27.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.

Review Of Prineville by HomeSnacks User

As someone from Prineville, let me say it absolutely deserves #2 worst place in Oregon, if not #1. The smart people leave the first chance they get and never look back, and most of the people who stay are the dregs of society who don’t have many o

Tillamook, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,295
Rank Last Year: 29 (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, a smaller town with almost 5,295 residents, is, according to the FBI, a very dangerous place.

There were more than 23 violent crimes here in 2018, meaning that 1 in 230 residents was the victim of a serious attack. Crime seems to be ticking up here as well, as violent crimes have gone up 10% since 2017.

Roseburg, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,366
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 259 (26th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,982 (1st most dangerous)
More on Roseburg:  Data | Photos

Roseburg ranks as the 10th most dangerous city in Oregon.

Roseburg ranks as having the 26th highest violent crime rate and highest property crime rate.

Review Of Roseburg by HomeSnacks User

I use to live in Roseburg and it sucked!! Totally nothing to do there very boring! No entertainment and if you wanted to go do anything fun you have to drive an hour or more away. Sorry to say but this is one of the worst places to visit or live.

How Is Your Town In ?

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 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.

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. Lake Oswego (Pop. 39,557)
  3. Umatilla (Pop. 7,162)

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 Portland 657,260 520 5,459
2 Lincoln City 8,998 633 5,256
3 Medford 82,800 486 5,390
4 Ontario 10,958 511 5,265
5 Warrenton 5,688 421 4,869
6 Woodburn 26,031 426 3,695
7 Salem 172,022 417 4,168
8 Prineville 10,184 422 3,642
9 Tillamook 5,295 434 3,588
10 Roseburg 22,366 259 5,982

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4 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.

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