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Traffic deaths in Portland

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Traffic deaths in Portland have been generally declining per capita since 2003, according to figures in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Traffic Safety Facts annual reports.

Portland's traffic fatalities per 100,000 urban population were:

  • 1999: 7.15, ranking ninth among major cities
  • 2000: 5.1, ranking fifth
  • 2002: 7.6, ranking 13th
  • 2003: 8.73, ranking 18th
  • 2004: 7.12, ranking 11th
  • 2005: 6.56, ranking ninth
  • 2006: 5.77, ranking sixth
  • 2007: 6.54, ranking sixth
  • 2008: 3.41, ranking first
  • 2009: 5.65, ranking 13th
  • 2010: 4.11, ranking fifth (tied with Seattle)
  • 2011: 5.73, ranking 14th

The nation's safest traffic major city, as a share of population, is often New York City and occasionally Boston. But in 2008, Portland ranked internationally as slightly safer than Copenhagen, but more dangerous than Stockholm, the world leader, which saw 1.25 traffic deaths per 100,000.

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