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5 Oregon Towns More Dangerous Than Portland

Sunday, September 14, 2014

 

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Portland topped the state for the total number of violent crimes in 2012. Photo Credit: Tex Texin via Compfight cc

Five small towns in Oregon have more violent crimes per person than the city of Portland, according to a GoLocalPDX analysis of FBI crime data. 

Many would think the state’s most populous city, Portland, where police say gang violence is on the rise and 20 murders occurred in 2012, is the most violent city in the state of Oregon. 

Slideshow Below: See Oregon’s Most Violent Cities

A look at the sheer number of violent crimes reported to the FBI in Portland, when compared to other cities in the state, dwarfs other cities by the hundreds. 

While Portland topped the state for the total number of violent crimes in 2012 with 3,093, a handful of Oregon towns had more violent crimes per capita (per person) than the Rose City. 

GoLocalPDX looked at five years of data comparing reported violent crimes like murder, aggrevated assult and rape, with the populatoin of the towns. FBI data only includes 103 cities because local law-enforcement supplies the information voluntarily. Coos Bay and Bend are not included in the data sets, for example. Crime statistics for 2013 will not be out until later in the year. 

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Related Slideshow: Slideshow: Oregon’s Most Violent Cities

Five small towns in Oregon have more violent crimes per person than the city of Portland, a GoLocalPDX analysis of FBI crime data found. 

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Portland

The city of Portland with a population of 598,037, had a rate of *violent crimes per capita of .5 percent. Portland topped the state for the total number of violent crimes with 3,093 including 20 murders in 2012.

*The FBI defines violent crime as murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes involve force or threat of force, according to the FBI. 

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# 5 Medford

Medford came in with more violent crimes per capita. There were two murders in Medford, whose population is 76,037, as opposed to 20 in the much larger city of Portland. That said, Medford had a 1.6 percent violent crime rate over five years, much higher than Portland's.

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# 4 Lincoln City

The coastal town of Lincoln City also had more violent crimes per capita than Portland, at a rate of 2.7 percent. 

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# 3 Ontario

On the east side of the state, Ontario, with just 11,348 residents, experienced a violent crime rate per capita of 3.1 percent. 

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# 2 Veneta

In Veneta, a small town of 4,616 just west of Eugene, the violent crime rate was 4.0 percent. The majority of the 2012 reported crimes – 20 – were for aggravated assault. Police also reported five rapes and three robberies. 

 

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#1 Lakeview

Lakeview, a town of just 2,313 people off highway 395 in southern Oregon, experienced 4.4 percent violent crimes per capita over a five-year period from 2008-2012, the analysis revealed.

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