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KHQ.COM - Our city is the 20th most secure place to live in the United States among mid-size cities, according to the Eighth 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, mortality rates from cancer and motor vehicle accidents, and job loss numbers in 127 U.S. metropolitan areas with populations between 150,000 and 500,000.

"Farmers congratulates all of the communities represented in the Farmers Secure Places to Live Survey," stated Jeff Dailey, President and Chief Operating Officer of Farmers Insurance Group.

"Since its founding in 1928, Farmers has been committed to improving the communities in which customers, agents and employees live and work. We are committed to improving safety, expanding educational opportunities, enhancing health and human services, encouraging civic participation and supporting the arts and culture, all part of the criteria that makes up the Farmers Secure Places to Live survey," Dailey said.

This is the second consecutive year and third time overall that Spokane has appeared in the annual Farmers rankings.

The Kennewick–Richland–Pasco, Wash., area is the most secure mid-size city to live in the U.S., according to the 2011 Farmers Insurance study. Pittsburgh, Pa., is the most secure large metropolitan area (population greater than 500,000), while Ithaca, N.Y., is the most secure small town (population of 150,000 or fewer).

Here is the list of the top 20 mid-size cities, in order, of Farmers Insurance's 2011 Most Secure Places to Live in the United States:

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

  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.

11.            Duluth, Minn.–Superior, Wis.

12.            Utica–Rome, N.Y.

13.            Bremerton–Silverdale, Wash.

14.            Yakima, Wash.

15.            Anchorage, Alaska

16.            Burlington–South Burlington, Vt.

17.            Las Cruces, N.M.

18.            Green Bay, Wis.

19.            Houma–Bayou Cane–Thibodaux, La.

20.            Spokane, Wash.

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc., or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit our website at www.farmers.com. or www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

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