Canby citizens often remark that they generally feel safe in town, and the most recently-available FBI data seems to find proof in that assessment.
The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program data shows that in 2014 — 2015 statistics are not available for many Oregon cities due to the failure that year of a computing system law enforcement uses to record reported crimes — Canby experienced the fourth-lowest rate of crime in the state for cities with populations of 10,000 or more residents.
The data found that in Canby there were just 16 violent crimes reported, which averages out to about 95 per 100,000 residents, and 263 property crimes, or 1,555 per 100,000 people.
That's objectively remarkable for a town that as of July 1, 2016 had an estimated population inside the city limits of 17,653 and about 25,000 in the surrounding region, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released earlier this month.
Newberg, which often is compared to Canby in size and livability but actually has a population that is quite a bit larger, ranked just behind The Garden Spot as the fifth-safest city in Oregon.
The Census Bureau's July 2016 estimate finds Newberg had a population of 23,306, and FBI data found that residents there reported 24 violent crimes in 2014, or 92 per 100,000 people, and 420 property crimes, or 1,614 per 100,000 people.
The 10 safest cities in Oregon, according to the FBI report, are West Linn at No. 1 followed by Lake Oswego, Sherwood, then Canby and Newberg, Beaverton at No. 6, Oregon City, Keizer, La Grande and Hillsboro.
The FBI report says West Linn, which the July 2016 Census Bureau report estimated having 26,859 residents, reported just eight violent crimes, or 31 per 100,000 residents and 252 property crimes, or 962 per 100,000 people.
By comparison, the 2014 FBI data shows Oregon's top 10 most crime-ridden cities that have populations of 10,000 or greater are Medford at No. 1 followed by Ontario, Newport, Portland, Grants Pass, Coos Bay, Gresham, Roseburg, Lebanon and Springfield at No. 10.
The FBI data shows that in 2014 Medford, whose population the 2016 Census Bureau estimated to be 81,636, reported 114 violent crimes, or 138 per 100,000 residents, and 2,140 property crimes, or 2,597 per 100,000 people.
Lebanon, which the Census Bureau estimated in 2016 to have a population of 16,635 — relatively similar in size to Canby — the FBI reports that in 2015 (2014 data is not available for Lebanon) there were 47 violent crimes, or 292 per 100,000 people, and 764 property crimes, or 4,746 per 100,000 residents.
Incidentally, in neighboring Woodburn, which the 2014 FBI data found to be the 19th most dangerous city in Oregon, there were 62 violent crimes reported, or 253 per 100,000 residents, and 662 property crimes, or 2,705 per 100,000 people.
The Census Bureau estimated that in 2016 Woodburn's population reached 24,471 residents.