Though Oregon is not likely to be found on a “most dangerous states” list anytime soon, there are still a number of cities with higher than average crime rates. Violent crime rates are likely of special concern to  young people looking to settle down in any Oregon city.

Using the most recent state data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report, we compiled and ranked the Oregon cities with the lowest and highest rates of crime statewide. The data is divided into two categories of violent crime and property crime. Violent crime includes reported incidents of murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crime includes burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

With personal safety being of the utmost concern, the cities included in the following lists were ranked by violent crimes per 1,000 residents followed by property crimes per 1,000 residents. You might be surprised by what we found.

Top 10 safest cities in Oregon:

1. Malin – 0.00 violent crimes and 1.24 property crimes per 1,000

2. Condon – 0.00 violent crimes and 1.41 property crimes per 1,000

3. Adair Village – 0.00 violent crimes and 4.71 property crimes per 1,000

4. Gearhart – 0.00 violent crimes and 8.8 property crimes per 1,000

5. Manzanita – 0.00 violent crimes and 11.57 property crimes per 1,000

6. Columbia City – 0.00 violent crimes and 11.72 property crimes per 1,000

7. Jacksonville – 0.00 violent crimes and 13.80 property crimes per 1,000

8. Cannon Beach – 0.00 violent crimes and 15.82 property crimes per 1,000

9. Banks – 0.00 violent crimes and 18.62 property crimes per 1,000

10. Hines – 0.00 violent crimes and 20.47 property crimes per 1,000

Although the crime ratio is still low in each city, all of the safest cities in Oregon have fewer than 3,000 residents. Rogue River was the only other city that reported zero violent crimes, but it had a high rate of property crime (36.99 per 1,000 residents).

Top 10 most dangerous cities in Oregon:

1. Lakeview – 9.94 violent crimes and 10.38 property crimes per 1,000

2. Toledo – 8.33 violent crimes and 40.48 property crimes per 1,000

3. Ontario – 7.23 violent crimes and 75.43 property crimes per 1,000

4. Veneta – 6.07 violent crimes and 44.41 property crimes per 1,000

5. Lincoln City – 6.02 violent crimes and 45.93 property crimes per 1,000

6. Medford – 5.59 violent crimes and 58.10 property crimes per 1,000

7. Portland – 5.17 violent crimes and 50.92 property crimes per 1,000

8. Newport – 4.58 violent crimes and 48.71 property crimes per 1,000

9. Gaston – 4.57 violent crimes and 44.21 property crimes per 1,000

10. Creswell – 4.52 violent crimes and 33.01 property crimes per 1,000

Ontario ranked as the third most dangerous when it comes to violent crime, but it takes first place for the number of reported property crimes—a whopping 75.43 per 1,000 residents. The next highest ranked city for property crime was North Bend, which had a property crime rate of 59.53 with a relatively low violent crime rate of 1.13.

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