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Lake Oswego among state's safest cities

Distinction based on research by Movoto Real Estate

Lake Oswego is ranked the fifth safest city in Oregon, according to Movoto Real Estate.

Just weeks after West Linn was ranked as the 31st safest city in America by Neighborhood Scout, that city took home another honor Tuesday as the safest city in Oregon.

West Linn ranked just ahead of Wilsonville and Sherwood — which tied for second — while Newberg-Dundee and Lake Oswego rounded out the top five.

Movoto’s rankings were created using the FBI’s 2012 Oregon Crime Report. The researchers specifically evaluated violent crimes, property crimes and the chances of residents being victims of crime. Those three categories were weighted, with violent crime accounting for 50 percent of a city’s ranking, while property crime was worth 30 percent and the chances of being the victim of a crime made up the last 20 percent.

In the end, Movoto found that West Linn “has all the benefits of being so close to the state’s largest city, but without any of the drawbacks” in terms of reported crime. FBI statistics showed that West Linn had just five reported violent crimes in 2012, and no cases of murder or manslaughter.

For Lake Oswego, Movoto noted that the community is recognized for its “high median household income, a high cost of living, high home prices and high graduation rates in school. There is one area where it scored exceedingly low, though, and that was its crime rate.

“Out of 37,309 residents, Lake Oswego saw only 687 total crimes in 2012, giving residents just a 1 in 54 chance of being the victim of a crime. Where it really shined, though, was in its lack of violent crimes in particular, which was the most weighted criteria in our study. With only 35 violent crimes total, residents of this largest city on our list ... had just a 1 in 1,066 chance of being the victim of violence.”

The most dangerous city in Oregon, according to Movoto, is Ontario, which had 82 reports of violent crime in 2012. Medford and Portland came in at second and third, respectively.

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