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Editorial: Safer than you may think

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Editorial: Safer than you may think
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

Some who live outside Worthington have an image of this community being overrun with public safety problems and, as a result, stay away. A recent survey, however, shows this perception to be off-target.

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A recent survey published on the Movoto Real Estate blog (movoto.com) lists the safest places in Minnesota. The survey was created by gathering a list of communities of places in Minnesota with populations of 10,000 or more, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, and for which complete crime data was reported in the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report. Crimes were divided into four distinct categories — murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes — and then the number of crimes per 100,000 people annually was calculated for each place.

Murder, violent crime and property crime were subsequently weighted so that they each made up 30 percent of the final score, while the total number of crimes counted for 10 percent. The results? Worthington placed 28th — yes, there’s room for improvement, to be sure — but that’s within the top third of the communities surveyed.

Perhaps most importantly, Worthington fared better than similarly sized southwest Minnesota cities. For instance, Fairmont came in with a ranking of 37th, while Marshall — a community that probably draws the most frequent comparisons to Worthington — ranked 50th.

While we don’t necessarily expect folks to start running around chanting “We’re No. 28!”, this survey is gratifying in that it offers additional proof to Worthington residents and potential visitors alike that — when it comes right down to it — we’re not that bad a place to live. In fact, you never know: You just might come to love us.

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