Safest Places to Live

December 28, 2011

Where are the most “secure places” -- large or mid-size metro areas -- in the nation to live? The annual Farmers Insurance Group of Companies ranked nearly 400 communities based on safety and security in its eighth annual study on the “most secure places to live for 2011.” 

The rankings take into account such factors as crime statistics, natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, life expectancy, and car accidents. 

According to the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, here are the most secure places to live among large metro areas with populations of 500,000 or more:
1. Pittsburgh, Pa.
2. Rochester, N.Y.
3. El Paso, Texas                                                          
4. Syracuse, N.Y.
5. Bethesda-Gaithersburg–Frederick, Md.
6. Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
7. Wichita, Kan.
8. Omaha, Neb.-Council Bluffs, Iowa
9. Denver-Aurora, Colo.
10. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

The most secure places to live among mid-size cities with populations between 150,000 and 500,000 are: 

  1. Kennewick–Richland–Pasco, Wash.
    2. Boulder, Colo.
    3. Fargo, N.D.–Moorhead, Minn.
    4. Olympia, Wash.
    5. Binghamton, N.Y.
    6. Sioux Falls, S.D.
    7. Bellingham, Wash.
    8. Lincoln, Neb.
    9. Fort Collins–Loveland, Colo.
    10. Rochester, Minn.

Source: Farmers Insurance Group of Companies

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