12 Safest Cities in Oregon: Safest Places to Live in OR

September 9, 2014

6. Umatilla, OR

Umatilla, OR is one of the smallest cities on our listing and is situated in the northeast part of the state. On the Umatilla River, it is a charming city with an impressive bridge spanning the river. More than 50% of households in the city have children, making this a family city much more so than most other municipalities in the country. With boating, fishing, parks and other outdoor amenities, Umatilla is an enticing city to choose for your next home. Its very low crime rates are due to the vigilance of the town’s police force.

Population: 7,014
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.28
Property Crimes per 1000: 16.11
Crime Index: 51
Safer than 51% of US cities

7. Beaverton, OR


Beaverton, OR is the largest city on our listing with almost 100,000 people. Just west of Portland, the city is the second largest in Washington County and one of the largest in the state. It has been named one of the Best Places to Live by Money Magazine in its analysis of smaller cities. With a variety of different industries, Beaverton brings many career opportunities to those in town. Special events, culture and history mixed with rich outdoor amenities help to make this city one that is constantly attracting new residents. With a crime rate that is incredibly low for a city of this size, Beaverton is idyllic for citizens of all ages.

Population: 92,276
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.53
Property Crimes per 1000: 15.94
Crime Index: 51
Safer than 51% of US cities

8. Lake Oswego, OR

Lake Oswego, OR is a mid-sized city suburb of Portland. Home to affluent residents who pay heavily for a lakefront view of the private lake that gives the city its name, Lake Oswego has many amenities that appeal to the wealthy. A country club, equestrian center, tennis courts, golf course, numerous parks and more ensure that residents are never bored. Art, history and special local events are also part of the charm of Lake Oswego. The city’s low crime rate, held in check by the local police department, is another attractive aspect of life in this town.

Population: 37,309
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.94
Property Crimes per 1000: 17.48
Crime Index: 49
Safer than 49% of US cities

9. Canby, OR


Canby, OR is south of Portland on the northwest side of the state. Nicknamed “Oregon’s Garden Spot” it is bordered on 3 sides by rivers and is located in the Willamette Valley. Because the city is within a reasonable drive to the city, it gives residents the convenience of proximity to the city while being able to embrace a much smaller town life. The town is actively offering incentives to businesses to attract them to the area. The Neighborhood Association and the efforts of the town police have delivered the desired results – crime rates low enough to qualify for the top 10 safest cities in the state.

Population: 16,121
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.06
Property Crimes per 1000: 17.62
Crime Index: 48
Safer than 48% of US cities

10. Monmouth, OR

Monmouth, OR is a small city on the western side of the state and is located near the state capital Salem. Its parks and other outdoor amenities help to increase the charm of the municipality, as does its special events. Being close to the city helps Monmouth to attract those looking to get out of the city, but enjoy the conveniences of being near it. The city’s police department does its very best in keeping the crime rate low.

Population: 9,667
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.62
Property Crimes per 1000: 18.62
Crime Index: 46
Safer than 46% of US cities

11. Scappoose, OR

Scappoose, OR is northwest of Portland, in the northern part of the state near Washington state. One of the smallest safe cities to make the cut, Scappoose is named for a stream located near it. Picturesque and charming, it is regarded as the bedroom community of Portland and does not have the variety of industry it once had. The Scappoose Police Department works hard to ensure the safety and protection of citizens there and to help entice new residents to the area. With parks and other natural amenities to appeal to residents, proximity to the city is a big advantage too.

Population: 6,646
Violent Crimes per 1000: 4.51
Property Crimes per 1000: 17
Crime Index: 41
Safer than 41% of US cities

12. Junction City, OR

Junction City, OR is the smallest city on our list of safe cities and is located on the mid west side of the state. Farming is hugely important to this tiny town. Several annual events draw visitors and entertain residents, as do its parks and other attractions. The small police force is successful in its goals of keeping Junction City one of the safest places in the state.

Population: 5,456
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1000: 23.09
Crime Index: 37
Safer than 37% of US cities

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12 Safest Cities in Oregon: Safest Places to Live in OR

Disclaimer: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.

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