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Spokane Among 2010 Most Secure Place To Live In The U.S.

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane is the 15th most secure place to live in the United States among mid-size cities, according to the Seventh Annual Farmers Insurance Group of Companies study.

The rankings, compiled by database experts at www.bestplaces.net, took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, terrorist threats, life expectancy and job loss numbers in 127 U.S. metropolitan areas with populations between 150,000 and 500,000.

"Farmers congratulates all of the communities recognized in the 2010 annual Farmers Most Secure Places to Live survey. In today's challenging economy, citizens look to their local governments to keep their communities secure and economically strong," noted Robert Woudstra, Farmers CEO.

"In the 82 years since its founding, Farmers has been committed to improving the communities where its customers, agents and employees live and work," Mr. Woudstra added.  "Farmers is committed to improving safety, expanding educational opportunities, enhancing health and human services, encouraging civic participation and supporting charitable organizations in every community."

This is the second time the Spokane area has appeared among the top 20 in the annual Farmers study, having placed 19th in 2008.

Olympia, Wash., is the most secure mid-size city to live in the U.S., according to the 2010 Farmers Insurance study. Madison, Wis., is the most secure large metropolitan area (population greater than 500,000), while the most secure small town (population of 150,000 or fewer) is the Lewiston, Idaho–Clarkston, Wash., area.

Here is the list of the top 20 mid-size cities, in order, of Farmers Insurance's 2010 Most Secure Places to Live in the United States:

Mid-Size Cities (150,000–500,000 residents)

  1.            Olympia, Wash.

  2.            Sioux Falls, S.D.

  3.            Bellingham, Wash.

  4.            Kennewick–Richland–Pasco, Wash.

  5.            Fargo, N.D.–Moorhead, Minn.

  6.            Rochester, Minn.

  7.            Duluth, Minn.–Superior, Wis.

  8.            Binghamton, N.Y.

  9.            Lynchburg, Va.

10.            Burlington, Vt.

11.            St. Cloud, Minn.

12.            Green Bay, Wis.

13.            Yakima, Wash.

14.            Appleton, Wis.

15.            Spokane, Wash.

16.            Bremerton–Silverdale, Wash. 

17.            Boulder, Colo.

18.            Cedar Rapids, Iowa

19.            Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers, Ark.

20.            Las Cruces, N.M.

 

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