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A stat-crunching website has tabbed Canby the second safest mid-sized community Oregon and the 13th safest overall.


ValuePenguin.com analyzed the most recent FBI crime report to determine the safety of cities in Oregon. These 77 cities ranged in a crime score from 380 to 4,284, with an average of 1,423. Salem, the state capital, fell near the bottom of its rankings with a crime score of 2,913 but still slotted above other highly populated cities like Portland and Eugene.

This was true despite the fact that the crime score metric was adjusted for population size. The score also took into account both the amount of violent and property-related crimes per 100,000 people.

Canby City Administrator Rick Robinson was pleased with the designation.

“It is wonderful that the city has been recognized as the second safest mid-sized city in Oregon,” he said. “It is a distinction that I firmly believe the city has earned.”

“As a community, we are proud of our law enforcement team and the success that they have had in assuring that Canby is a safe place to live and raise a family.

“As an organization, I know that the mayor and city council have long held that their highest priority is the safety of the people who live and work here,” he added.

Canby scored a 918 points, just behind Sherwood (752) in the mid-sized city category, which looked at cities with populations between 9,000 and 20,000.

These ratings are based on 2013 statistics. Canby, with a population of just over 16,000, recorded 13 violent crime and, 298 property crimes. ValuePenguin.com then aggregated a “crime score” by weighting violent crime at 80 percent and property crime at 20 percent. That was done because, though property crime is more prevalent, violent crime is more concerning to town residents. Then scores were adjusted for population size, with more slack given to larger cities. Then, the towns were ranked by score.

Following Canby was Silverton, Monmouth and St. Helens to round out the top five.

ValuePenguin.com is a research company based in New York that is dedicated solely to collecting and analyzing data to help “the average American make better decisions – from where to live to what kind of health insurance to buy.”

To view the entire study, check the link at www.valuepenguin.com/2015/04/2015-safest-places-oregon-study.

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