Have you ever wondered what parts of Oregon are the most dangerous? While the Beaver State is generally considered to be a pretty safe place to live, crime happens almost everywhere. We have compiled a list of Oregon’s most crime-ridden towns and cities with populations over 10,000. Our list is based on the latest
FBI Crime Report data (2015), as reported by The Oregonian.
1. Medford, Oregon
Medford has the dubious honor of being the most dangerous city in Oregon. This city has experienced a rise in crime in recent years. With a population of 78,356, there were 393 violent crimes (495 per 100k) and 4,859 property-related crimes (6,115 per 100k) in 2015.
2. Ontario, Oregon
While Ontario is one of the smaller areas on this list, it had 23 violent crimes (211 per 100k), and a whopping 4,859 property crimes (5,796 per 100k).
3. Newport, Oregon
This historic seaside town may be charming, but it earned the third spot on this list. In 2014 there were 45 violent crimes (443 per 100k) and 599 property crimes (5,900 per 100k).
4. Portland, Oregon
It probably comes as no surprise to see Portland on this list. While there is no data available from 2015, in 2014 there were 2,911 (473 per 100k) violent crimes and 32,229 property crimes (5,235 per 100k) reported in this city.
5. Grants Pass, Oregon
Located in the heart of beautiful southern Oregon, Grants Pass is a quaint and historic town. Unfortunately, it had 122 (344 per 100k) violent crimes and 1,990 property crimes (5,620 per 100k) in 2015. There were also 23 reports of arson.
6. Coos Bay, Oregon
With more than 15,000 residents, Coos Bay is the largest city on the Oregon Coast. In 2015 there were 3 murders, 18 reports of rape, and 24 aggravated assaults.
7. Gresham, Oregon
Gresham, a city of 110,276, comes in at number seven with 549 (498 per 100k) violent crimes and 5,161 property crimes (4,680 per 100k) in 2014.
8. Roseburg, Oregon
The picturesque Roseburg may look peaceful on the outside, but the crime statistics paint a different picture. The town had 51 violent crimes (233 per 100k) in 2015, which included 10 rapes, 23 aggravated assaults, 17 robberies, and 1 murder.
9. Lebanon, Oregon
While there were no murders in Lebanon in 2015, there were 8 reports of rape, 10 reports of arson, 10 robberies, and 31 aggravated assaults. With 764 reports of property crime (4,746 per 100k), Lebanon ranks amongst the most dangerous places in the state.
10. Springfield, Oregon
Considering that Springfield has a population of 60,377, its crime statistics are fairly alarming. In 2015 there were 8 murders, 27 rapes, 38 robberies, and 128 aggravated assaults.
11. Salem, Oregon
In 2015 Oregon's capital city had 5 murders, 44 rapes, and 127 robberies. The vast majority of violent crimes were aggravated assaults (361).
12. Klamath Falls, Oregon
While Klamath Falls falls a bit later on this list at number 12, it still manages to pack a punch. In 2015, this town of 21,290 had 18 rapes, 49 aggravated assaults, and 1 murder.
13. Eugene, Oregon
Rounding out the top 13 dangerous places in Oregon is Eugene. This city saw 513 violent crimes (317 per 100k) in 2015, including 4 murders, 87 reports of rape, and 138 robberies.