According to this list from MSNBC/Forbes, seven of the 10 safest places to live in this country are in the Pacific Northwest. Central Oregon didn’t make the list, presumably because of the Sisters bulge and our general proximity to volcanoes.
I’m a little surprised to see Medford/Ashland make the list, though; part of the selection criteria was taking account of extreme weather, which they define as “abundant rain or snowfall or days that are below freezing or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit,” and Medford is routinely hotter than most parts of the state during the summer—easily over the “extreme” 90 degree mark.
Even more surprising though is Honolulu, Hawaii, as the nation’s safest place to live. Who’d’a thunk it?