These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Beaver State for 2017.

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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.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Beaver State:

  1. Medford (Photos)
  2. Lincoln City (Photos)
  3. Portland (Photos)
  4. Springfield (Photos)
  5. Salem (Photos)
  6. Eugene (Photos)
  7. Grants Pass (Photos)
  8. Klamath Falls (Photos)
  9. Madras (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon Graph

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

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1. Medford

Medford, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,794
Rank 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

Lincoln City, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,588
Rank 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.

3. Portland

Portland, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 642,129
Rank 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.

4. Springfield

Springfield, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 61,164
Rank 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.

5. Salem

Salem, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 166,508
Rank 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.

6. Eugene

Eugene, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 164,883
Rank 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

Grants Pass, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,317
Rank 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

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,296
Rank 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.

9. Madras

Madras, Oregon

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,735
Rank 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.

10. Prineville

Prineville, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,595
Rank 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:

  1. Junction City
  2. Brookings
  3. Sherwood

For more Oregon reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Oregon

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Medford 1 2 80,794 503 7,040
Lincoln City 2 3 8,588 593 5,065
Portland 3 642,129 492 5,152
Springfield 4 8 61,164 299 4,836
Salem 5 12 166,508 320 4,000
Eugene 6 18 164,883 365 3,831
Grants Pass 7 4 37,317 257 5,386
Klamath Falls 8 9 22,296 327 3,520
Madras 9 7 6,735 326 3,563
Prineville 10 9,595 573 3,105
Cottage Grove 11 6 10,025 239 5,446
Ontario 12 13 10,925 201 6,764
Winston 13 29 5,396 296 3,280
Roseburg 14 15 22,159 194 6,083
Seaside 15 11 6,556 183 7,489
Redmond 16 19 29,164 274 3,336
Lebanon 17 10 16,487 242 3,481
Gresham 18 111,491 380 2,749
Ashland 19 30 21,017 228 3,939
Eagle Point 20 20 8,987 233 3,927
Molalla 21 9,064 242 3,144
Stayton 22 16 8,028 236 3,437
Pendleton 23 26 16,927 271 2,906
Woodburn 24 25 25,395 299 2,610
Astoria 25 5 9,655 165 4,660
Tigard 26 51,885 240 2,881
St. Helens 27 13,184 288 2,480
Fairview 28 9,350 213 3,090
Talent 29 38 6,483 416 1,681
Florence 30 14 8,685 115 4,801
Cornelius 31 12,402 282 1,967
Hillsboro 32 104,440 285 1,924
Sweet Home 33 21 9,337 96 4,616
Central Point 34 31 18,161 181 2,841
Tualatin 35 27,370 189 2,641
Hermiston 36 33 17,280 185 2,633
The Dalles 37 37 15,413 129 3,153
Forest Grove 38 24,433 200 2,128
Sutherlin 39 23 7,932 189 2,256
La Grande 40 41 13,071 160 2,761
Oregon City 41 36,485 197 2,014
Independence 42 27 9,355 235 1,924
Corvallis 43 39 56,061 133 2,777
Mcminnville 44 24 34,242 163 2,415
Gladstone 45 12,083 140 2,549
Tillamook 46 5,003 79 3,018
Keizer 47 43 38,165 172 2,020
Dallas 48 35 15,411 175 1,972
Albany 49 36 52,544 81 2,877
Milwaukie 50 20,935 138 2,125
Warrenton 51 40 5,340 18 2,902
Bend 52 32 89,244 107 2,252
Monmouth 53 42 10,131 138 1,964
Scappoose 54 7,005 171 870
Beaverton 55 97,907 135 1,432
Silverton 56 46 9,860 101 1,947
Newberg-Dundee 57 45 26,105 126 1,696
Umatilla 58 34 7,026 156 668
Canby 59 17,395 120 1,029
Sandy 60 10,855 73 1,750
Lake Oswego 61 38,860 79 1,147
Sherwood 62 19,486 66 1,129
Brookings 63 47 6,506 46 768
Junction City 64 5,935 50 488

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  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!!

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