Mapping the Changing Face of Crime in Portland, Oregon: How Property, Poverty and the Lived Environment Correlate with Crime Rates from May 2015 - September 2017

Authors: Kate Welch*, Western Washington University
Topics: Urban Geography, Social Geography
Keywords: Crime, Portland, Oregon, Poverty, Housing, Urban, Income
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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This study was conducted to test the association of built environment factors and crime in Portland, Oregon. A regression analysis was conducted of four major categories of crime and several environmental factors for 95 neighborhoods. Crime against society, crime against property, crime against people, and per capita total crime were correlated with factors relating to income, housing, and lived space. Environmental factors included walkability, park space, poverty rates, income, housing status and costs and population density. While a simple two-variable regression test shows fairly weak correlation with all factors, related factors would correlate more strongly than single factors alone. This study showed a weak association between built neighborhood characteristics and crime rates, but a multi-variable analysis might show a stronger association between overall neighborhood characteristics and crime.

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