Farmers Insurance Ranks 25 Most Secure U.S. Places to Live

Provo-Orem, Utah Rated Number One



Jun 15, 2004, 01:00 ET from Farmers Insurance Group

    LOS ANGELES, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- We all want to feel secure about
 where we live, but where are the most secure places in America?  According to
 Farmers Insurance Group's ranking of the Top 25 Most Secure U.S. Places to
 Live, the most secure location in the U.S. is the Provo-Orem, Utah area.
     The rankings, compiled by database experts at http://www.bestplaces.net ,
 took into consideration crime statistics, risk of natural disasters and job
 loss numbers in 213 U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 200,000 or
 more.
     "Feeling safe and secure is a basic human instinct," said Jeff Beyer,
 senior vice-president, corporate communications for Farmers Insurance Group.
 "To some people, feeling safe against crime is most important.  To some, it's
 financial security.  And to others, it may be not worrying about losing their
 home.  We'd all like to find a place to live or work that allows us to feel
 that security."
     Located about 45 miles south/southeast of Salt Lake City, Provo lies in
 the heart of the Utah Valley between Utah Lake and the Wasatch Mountain Range.
 Settled by Mormon pioneers in 1849, the region was originally inhabited by the
 Ute Indians.
     Today, it is home to Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State in
 nearby Orem.  The region has a population of 387,817 and, along with ninth-
 ranked Danbury, Conn., shares the lowest crime rate of the 213 areas studied.
     Dutchess County, N.Y., located midway between New York City and Albany in
 the rolling hills and forests of the Hudson River Valley, ranks second among
 Farmers Insurance's most secure areas.  Crime is low and unemployment even
 lower in this affluent community of 287,752 of mainly professional and
 technical workers.
     The third-ranked Most Secure Place is Madison, Wis., the state capital of
 Wisconsin and home to the University of Wisconsin.  A cultural center
 surrounded by dairy farms and cropland, Madison (pop. 437, 110) is often cited
 as one of the nation's healthiest cities and among the best places to retire.
     Rounding out the top five are Lancaster, Pa., located in the heart of the
 Pennsylvania Dutch Region about 65 miles west of Philadelphia, and the Albany-
 Troy-Schenectady, N.Y. area, with many activities revolving around the
 functions of state government and a very low risk of natural disasters.
     Among the remaining Most Secure Places, Olympia, Wash (#7) and Honolulu,
 Hawaii (#15) received the highest ranks for having few natural disasters,
 while Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark. (#11) and Portland, Me. (#13) have
 the lowest unemployment rates among the cities studied.
     Two seemingly notable "surprises" on the top 25 list are a pair of Nevada
 cities: Las Vegas (#21) and Reno (#25).  In trying to shake its image of "Sin
 City," Las Vegas has done much in the last five years to remake itself into a
 family destination.  And while crime remains an issue, steady employment and a
 low risk of natural disasters helped boost its ranking.
     Likewise, Reno, despite its plethora of casinos and gaming attractions,
 has sought to diversify by bringing in new industry and has become one of the
 fastest-growing areas in the U.S.
     Here is the entire list, in order, of Farmers Insurance's Top 25 Most
 Secure Cities in the United States:
 
   1) Provo-Orem, Utah
   2) Dutchess County, N.Y.
   3) Madison, Wis.
   4) Lancaster, Pa.
   5) Albany-Troy-Schenectady, N.Y.
   6) Portsmouth-Rochester, N.H.
   7) Olympia, Wash.
   8) Bremerton, Wash.
   9) Danbury, Conn.
   10) Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, Wis.
   11) Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
   12) Green Bay, Wis.
   13) Portland, Maine
   14) Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Pa.
   15) Honolulu, Hawaii
   16) Evansville, Ind.-Henderson, Ky.
   17) Manchester, N.H.
   18) Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y.
   19) Asheville, N.C.
   20) Knoxville, Tenn.
   21) Las Vegas, Nev.
   22) San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, Calif.
   23) Newburgh, N.Y.
   24) Utica-Rome, N.Y.
   25) Reno, Nev.
 
     Farmers Insurance Group of Companies(R) is the nation's third-largest
 Personal Lines Property & Casualty insurance group.  Headquartered in Los
 Angeles and doing business in 41 states, the insurers comprising the Farmers
 Insurance Group of Companies provide Homeowners, Auto, Business, Life
 insurance and financial services to more than 10 million households through
 17,000 exclusive and independent agents and district managers.  For more
 information about Farmers, visit our Web site at http://www.farmers.com
 
 

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