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RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011—Beaverton and Portland were recently ranked among the U.S.’ safest cities by Forbes magazine and other ranking bodies. This is one of the main reasons why many families and individuals have been relocating to Portland, Oregon and its nearby areas, according to Realtor® Gary Potts.

The Oregon cities of Beaverton and Portland are among the safest cities to live in the Northwest and the country, according to Forbes magazine, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Sperling’s Best Places, and the City Crime Rankings 2009-2010: Crime in Metropolitan America list recently released by CQ Press. These rankings came as no surprise to Potts, who cited that safety, schools and opportunities in the high tech industries are some of the main reasons why many are relocating to Portland and its surrounding communities.

“Beaverton and Portland have long been some of the safest and the best places to live in the country,” Potts said, “though the numbers only tell part of the story. Come for a visit and you’ll see why our region’s communities are always appearing in all kinds of ‘best places’ lists.”

Forbes ranked Portland second in its most recent list of “America’s Safest Cities,” a list that Portland and neighboring Beaverton have both previously appeared in. Portland also placed in the top ten of the country’s safest cities for families with young children, a joint study by Underwriters Laboratories and Sperling’s Best Places. As for Beaverton, apart from being named as the safest city in the Northwest, it was also recently included in CNN/Money magazine’s prestigious “Best Places to Live” list.

“Interest in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon homes for sale has been increasing steadily in the past few years,” says Potts, who recently launched a new real estate website catering to the needs of homebuyers and sellers in the region. “Current economic conditions notwithstanding, the Portland metropolitan area remains one of the country’s most promising regions and people are still moving here because of our excellent quality of life and long-term potential for growth.”

For more information visit www.garypotts.com.

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