Safety is likely the most pressing factor when considering a move, especially for young families and retirees. With that in mind, we looked into the safest and most peaceful places to live in Oregon, and identified the top 10, based on statistics. Keep in mind: this list is based on just one set of criteria, from Safewise, so if your favorite town didn’t make the list, don’t fret! You can view Safewise’s full list of the top 20 safest towns in Oregon here.

So there you have it. We’re not making this up, these really are the top 10 safest and most peaceful places to live in Oregon. Did your hometown rank on the list? What do you consider when you’re looking for a new place to live? Tell us in the comments below!

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