IRVINE ( — The city of Irvine Monday made the FBI’s list of safest cities in the United States for the ninth consecutive year.

Irvine, which has a population of 217,528, was found to have the lowest per capita violent crime rate in cities with a population greater than 100,000.

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The ranking was part of the organization’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report for 2012 crimes.

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The analysis included murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault offenses.

“Public safety is the city’s most important strategic priority,” Mayor Steven S. Choi said. “So, each year, this very high mark is important to us. Because in the commitment of a City to its citizens, everything flows from public safety.”

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In 2012, Irvine recorded two murders, eight rapes, 29 robberies and 71 incidents of aggravated assault.