Marana and Oro Valley are two of the safest cities in Arizona, according to a statistical data analyzed by the Orent Law Offices in Phoenix and data visualization firm 1 Point 21 Interactive. They looked at the 40 communities in the state with populations over 10,000 and determined that the two northwest communities were among the five safest in Arizona.
The actual study was used to find the most dangerous cities and Tucson was found to be the most dangerous, while Oro Valley was the safest, ranked 40th out of 40 for most dangerous. Marana was 36th. Sahuarita was also among the safest, ranking 38th on the list.
The rankings were determined by looking at 14 different metrics in three different categories. Those categories were crime, police investment and effective strength and community socioeconomic factors.
FBI crime stats were used to find the Crime Rank, looking at per capita stats for violent crime, murder, rape, robbery and assault. Oro Valley ranked 39th for crime, while Marana was 30th. Conversely, Tucson was No. 1, statistically the highest crime rate in the state. “
“The FBI has a lot of other things that they feel that impact crime and safety in an area and we try to sort out some of those that are easy to look at,” said 1 point 21 Interactive Project Manager Brian Beltz.
The Community category looks at socioeconomic statistics such as poverty rate, unemployment rate, percentage of high school graduates, the median income and the average temperature. In these rankings Marana is the top ranked community, while Oro Valley is third best. Marana edges Oro Valley with a lower poverty rate and slightly higher median income, while Oro Valley gets a slight edge in the percentage of high school graduates and a slight edge in unemployment.
Both communities get high marks for their police departments, being ranked 5th and 6th in the Police category. Oro Valley was fifth based upon having more police officers and few citizens per officer, while Marana had a slightly smaller budget, but spent more money from in the budget per resident than did Oro Valley.
“Another category we looked at was law enforcement investment land effective strengths,” Beltz said. “We looked at the FBI reports and individual city’s budget reports to find the 2015 budget for the police department, to determine the size and strength of the police department.”
Beltz and his team felt that looking at more than just raw crime statistics painted a better picture of just how dangerous or safe a community is.
“It gives a more complete view of it, not perfect of course, but a more complete view than just looking at crime statistics,” Beltz said.
He explained that the main emphasis of the study was to not only inspire lawmakers to spend money on crime prevention, but to show them exactly what they can do to help reduce the levels.
“Hopefully lawmakers can look and see if they need to invest more in areas, such as police or programs to improve high school graduation rates or attack poverty,” Beltz said. “They can see how they can impact an area’s safety is kind of important.”
• Crime Rank: 39
Violent Crime Stats: 63.89
Murder Stats: 0.00
Rape Stats: 9.47
Robbery Stats: 18.93
Assault Stats: 35.50
• Community Rank: 38
Poverty Rate: 5.30 percent
Unemployment Rate: 3.90 percent
HS Grads: 96.10 percent
Medium Income: $74,480.00
Average Temp: 71.5 F
• Police Rank: 36
Total officers: 101
Citizens per officer: 418
Budget (2015): $15,494,595
Budget per citizen: $367
• Crime Rank: 30
Violent Crime Stats: 72.64
Murder Stats: 4.84
Rape Stats: 12.11
Robbery Stats: 12.11
Assault Stats: 43.58
• Community Rank: 40
Poverty Rate: 4.90 percent
Unemployment Rate: 4.70 percent
HS Grads: 93.30 percent
Medium Income: $74,817
Average Temp: 70.65 F
• Police Rank: 35
Total officers: 85
Citizens per officer: 485
Budget (2015): $18,180,047
Budget per citizen: $440
*in all categories, 1 is most dangerous, or highest risk while 40 is the safest or lowest risk
* all crime rank factors are per 100,000 population