See Which Oregon Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 10,000

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

The American northwest is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with deep forests, waterfalls, volcanoes, and craters. Oregon is a dream to anyone who loves the outdoors. The cities in Oregon are rich in culture and attract creatives from all over. The tech industry is huge here as well, with Intel headquartered here. One of the other largest companies in the state is Nike, with an expansive campus that nearby residents often jogging through its beautiful grounds. With all the creative energy in the state, it’s no surprise that it has some very safe cities.

On the national level, Oregon is home to 3 of the 500 safest cities in the nation. The 25 safest cities range in safety scores from a high of 84.81 to a low of 54.5. The majority of the cities have a safety rating above 70. Most of the cities have not seen any increases in their crime rates, with a few experiencing declines.

Pendleton is the safest city in the state according to our rankings. It has a population of 16,969 with a safety score of 84.81. It is located near the border with Washington state, far inland. Residents here take pride in their town and way of life, with several annual events. They have a rodeo every year as well as a fundraising event for the St. Anthony Hospital. This helps create a tight community, and lowers crime rates.

Most of the cities are along the coastline, where there is much more traffic between California and Washington. Eugene is one such city, with a safety rating of 69.39. Some of the other cities are Salem (68.29), Albany (74.88), and Salem (68.29). There are others further inland and by the mountains like Bend (76.17) and Ashland (74.93).


1 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.81

Pendleton, OR

16,969 n/a 42 n/a 384 n/a

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.55

Newberg-Dundee, OR

26,022 530 24 n/a 420 n/a

3
Safety Score: 83.07

La Grande, OR

13,010 406 16 7.2% 349 7.5%

4
Safety Score: 79.96

The Dalles, OR

15,210 607 19 11.7% 469 -14.8%

5
Safety Score: 79.47

Keizer, OR

37,488 871 55 -16.1% 815 3%

6
Safety Score: 78.8

McMinnville, OR

33,699 783 71 30.2% 1,022 10.8%

7
Safety Score: 77.76

Hermiston, OR

17,221 430 28 -26.5% 470 0.6%

8
Safety Score: 77.46

Dallas, OR

15,224 760 26 -2.4% 387 -0.9%

9
Safety Score: 77.41

Central Point, OR

17,860 615 32 13.3% 467 -1.9%

10
Safety Score: 76.72

Corvallis, OR

55,100 598 69 -3.4% 1,546 -10.3%

11
Safety Score: 76.17

Bend, OR

86,042 760 134 12.6% 2,350 5.2%

12
Safety Score: 74.88

Albany, OR

52,394 588 41 -3.3% 1,726 2.1%

13
Safety Score: 74.86

Ashland, OR

20,834 562 30 15.6% 644 3.5%

14
Safety Score: 74.68

Woodburn, OR

24,897 592 45 -28.7% 784 16.4%

15
Safety Score: 72.96

Klamath Falls, OR

21,145 515 84 22.6% 846 -5.4%

16
Safety Score: 70.52

Redmond, OR

28,384 644 75 -16.7% 1,038 5.1%

17
Safety Score: 69.39

Eugene, OR

161,608 517 513 n/a 6,259 n/a

18
Safety Score: 68.29

Salem, OR

163,320 521 537 5.5% 6,667 -5.9%

19
Safety Score: 65.46

Lebanon, OR

16,097 446 47 n/a 764 n/a

20
Safety Score: 65.45

Springfield, OR

60,485 610 201 -4.5% 2,688 -0.9%

21
Safety Score: 65.44

Roseburg, OR

21,906 561 51 -3.4% 1,187 -4.7%

22
Safety Score: 63.95

Ontario, OR

10,887 434 23 -64.2% 631 0.1%

23
Safety Score: 59.94

Grants Pass, OR

35,411 416 122 n/a 1,990 n/a

24
Safety Score: 58.07

Coos Bay, OR

16,056 433 94 79.5% 1,003 12.3%

25
Safety Score: 54.5

Medford, OR

79,461 588 393 -1.4% 4,859 -6.5%


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