Oregon suffers significantly less violent crime than the nationwide average, but slightly more property crime than normal.
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9,500 violent crimes occurred in Oregon in 2011, 247.6 per 100,000 people, roughly two-thirds the national rate of 386.3 per 100,000. That statistic features less than half as many murders than the national average, but slightly more rape. Violent crime dropped across all categories except aggravated assault, for a total 1.5 percent decrease from 2010, considerably below the national drop of 4.5 percent.
Property crime was up 2.5 percent from 2010, with a rate of 2,114 per 100,000 people. Nationwide, property crime dropped 1.3 percent to 2,908 incidents per 100,000 people. Both of these minor changes reflect the leveling out of property crime rates across the country, following sharp declines between 2008-2010.
Best And Worst Places To Live
Portland is the most dangerous city in Oregon. The city experienced 55 crimes per 1,000 residents in 2011. Beyond that, Lincoln City, Klamath Falls, Ontario and Coos Bay are the other most dangerous cities, respectively.
Junction City, a tiny town north of Eugene, won safest city in 2011, with just one violent crime all year. West Lynn, Wilsonville and Sherwood were also safe towns.