Is murder different in Oregon too? Put aside that the rates, compared with the nation overall, are not the same - they are lower (it is 2 per 100,000 people), and murders in Portland come at half the rates of comparable-sized cities like Baltimore. But there are other things. The Oregonian crunched some numbers and found that although guns are plentiful around Oregon, Oregonians are less likely to be shot to death than are residents of the country overall. (Would be interesting to know why.) The report also says police are more likely in Oregon to identify killers.