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Oregon City

Oregon CFort Yates, North Dakotaity is the county seat of Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, located on the Willamette River near the southern limits of the Portland metropolitan area. As of the 2020 census, the city population  Covering an area of less than 10 square miles on the outskirts of Portland, locals truly enjoy a small-town feel with easy access to the big city. The median age in the area is 38 years old and as a safe community, it is a great place to raise a family or to retire.

What is Oregon City called?

Oregon Territory was officially created in 1848 and Oregon City was designated as the Territory’s first capital, an honor it held until the capital was moved to Salem in 1852. Oregon was granted statehood in 1859.

Is Oregon City considered Portland?

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The area includes Portland and the neighboring cities of Vancouver, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Tualatin, Tigard, West Linn, Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal.

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What is the cost of living in Oregon City Oregon?

Oregon City cost of living is 129.6

COST OF LIVINGOregon CityOregon
Overall129.6113.1
Grocery102.8100.4
Health86.688
Housing179.5148.9

What is the safest city in Oregon?

Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Oregon for 2022

  • West Linn.
  • Sherwood.
  • Monmouth.
  • Lake Oswego.
  • Independence.
  • Milwaukie.
  • Lebanon.
  • Bend.

2022 Oregon crime rates

Compared to previous years, violent crime in Oregon has stayed roughly the same at 2.9 incidents per 1,000 people. Property crime, however, continues to slowly decrease this year from 27.9 per 1,000 to 26.6.

Within the Pacific region, Oregon has the second-lowest violent crime rate, just behind Hawaii (2.5) and tied with Washington (2.9). Oregon’s property crime rate presents a different picture—it’s the second-highest in the region, just below Washington state (27.3).

Compared to the national average, Oregon has a lower violent crime rate (US 4.0) and a higher property crime rate (US 19.6). Among all 50 states, Oregon has the twelfth-lowest violent crime rate and the seventh-highest property crime rate.

Violent crime in Oregon: Fear vs. reality

Only 23% of Oregonians were concerned about violent crime, tying with Vermont for lowest concern over violent crime in the US. Yet, even the safest cities in Oregon saw their fair share of crime. In fact, the 20 safest cities in The Beaver State accounted for 10% of the crimes statewide.

  • Although Oregon’s violent crime rate hasn’t changed in 3 years, the total number of incidents reported in the safest cities went down by over 100, with rape showing the steepest decline.
  • Rape in Oregon was 1.3 times higher than the national average (10%), with the safest cities coming in at 1.8 times higher.
  • Of the violent crimes committed, aggravated assault was the most common violent crime (69% of total) in Oregon with over 8,500 incidents reported.
  • Murder in Oregon makes up a scant 1% of all violent crimes, about half of the national rate (US 2%). The 20 safest cities had an even lower number of murders (less than 1%) compared to the rest of the state.
  • 35% of Oregonians use some form of personal protection (US 34%).
  • 44% of survey respondents said the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their personal safety—matching the national average.

Just 55% of Oregon residents believe crime is on the rise, compared to 66% of Americans.

Attitudes about gun violence in Oregon

  • 50% of Oregon residents said that gun violence was their top concern.
  • 41% of Oregonians said they worry about police violence (US 40%) with 33% saying they are worried about a gun violence incident happening to them (US 38%).
  • 46% of survey respondents said they have confidence in law enforcement (US 56%).
  • There were 7 mass shootings in Oregon in 2021—a 250% increase over 2020 (2 incidents).

Property crime in Oregon: Fear vs. reality

Oregon residents were more concerned with property crime than violent crime, which aligns with the state’s higher-than-average property crime rate. Of our survey respondents, 32% said they were most concerned with property crime, with 41% most concerned with package theft in particular.

  • 11% of property crimes in Oregon happened in the 20 safest cities.
  • Even though Oregon has the seventh-highest property crime rate in the US, it still saw a 4% decrease compared to last year—matching the national downward trend.
  • Overall, Oregon saw a higher rate of motor vehicle theft (15%) than most of the nation (US 13%).
  • This year, burglary in Oregon stayed at 13% of all property crime statewide compared to 16% nationwide.
  • Larceny-theft accounted for 80% of property crime within the 20 safest cities and 73% within the state’s property crimes.
  • The safest cities have some of the highest property crime rates among safest cities from any state, with 6 cities coming in above the national rate.
  • 58% of Oregon residents use some form of property protection (US 60%).
  • The top forms of property protection in Oregon were security cameras and firearms, which tied for first at 28% of responses.
  • 27% of Oregonians say their property security has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (US 29%).

A closer look at the safest cities in Oregon

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

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