Third Annual Farmers Insurance Study Ranks Most Secure U.S. Places To live

St. George, Utah, Rated No. 1

Dec 04, 2006, 00:00 ET from Farmers Insurance Group of Companies

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to choosing a place
 to live, work or raise a family, safety and security are two
 characteristics that many people would find appealing. According to the
 Third Annual Most Secure U.S. Places to Live rankings from Farmers
 Insurance Group of Companies(R), the most secure location to live in the
 United States is St. George, Utah.
     The rankings, compiled by database experts at, took
 into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural
 disasters, environmental hazards, terrorism threats and job loss numbers in
 379 U.S. municipalities. The study divided the communities into three
 groups: large metropolitan areas, mid-size cities and small towns.
     The Provo-Orem, Utah, area was ranked first in the 2004 Farmers
 Insurance study, while the Richland-Kennewick-Pasco area in southeast
 Washington was tops in 2005.
     "Everyone looks for a safe, secure place to live," said Jeff Beyer,
 senior vice-president and chief communications officer for Farmers.
 "Whether you are single or raising a family, a secure environment is
 important. It offers the well-being so necessary to succeed in today's fast
 paced world."
     Top-ranked St. George, whose population of 110,515 places it among the
 small towns, offers a climate that features mild winters, low annual
 precipitation and clean air. St. George had the lowest crime rate of all
 379 communities in the Farmers study and the lowest unemployment rate among
 the 138 small towns.
     The Boise City-Nampa, Idaho, area topped all large metropolitan areas
 with populations of 500,000 or greater. Nestled against the foothills of
 the Rocky Mountains, the area is shielded from severe weather and has one
 of the lowest unemployment rates in the Farmers study. The Most Secure
 Mid-Size city with a population between 150,000 and 500,000 is Las Cruces,
 New Mexico. Las Cruces scored well in the extreme weather and unemployment
     Here are the lists of the top 20, in order, of Farmers Insurance
 Group's Most Secure Places to Live in the United States:
     Most Secure Places to Live - Large Metro Areas (500,000 or more residents)
      1.  Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
      2.  Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
      3.  Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev.
      4.  Honolulu, Hawaii
      5.  Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.
      6.  Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazelton, Pa.
      7.  San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.
      8.  Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Md.
      9.  Syracuse, N.Y.
      10. Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif.
      11. El Paso, Texas
      12. Albany-Troy-Schenectady, N.Y.
      13. Rochester, N.Y.
      14. Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
      15. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks- Ventura, Calif.
      16. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, N.Y.
      17. Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y.
      18. Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pa.
      19. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.
      20. New Haven-Milford, Conn.
     Most Secure Places to Live - Mid-Size Cities (150,000 - 500,000 residents)
      1.  Las Cruces, N.M.
      2.  Rockingham County-Strafford County, N.H.
      3.  Huntington, W.Va.-Ashland, Ky.
      4.  Bellingham, Wash.
      5.  Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.
      6.  Lynchburg, Va.
      7.  Medford, Ore.
      8.  Prescott, Ariz.
      9.  San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.
      10. Binghamton, N.Y.
      11. Provo-Orem, Utah
      12. St. Cloud, Minn.
      13. Fargo, N.D.
      14. Hagerstown, Md.-Martinsburg, W.Va.
      15. Olympia, Wash.
      16. Charlottesville, Va.
      17. Chico, Calif.
      18. Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, Wash.
      19. Manchester-Nashua, N.H.
      20. Duluth, Minn.
     Most Secure Places to Live - Small Towns (Fewer than 150,000 residents)
      1.  St. George, Utah
      2.  Bend, Ore.
      3.  Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Va.
      4.  Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
      5.  Ithaca, N.Y.
      6.  Morgantown, W. Va.
      7.  Logan, Utah
      8.  Winchester, Va.
      9.  Harrisonburg, Va.
      10. Idaho Falls, Idaho
      11. Madera, Calif.
      12. Glens Falls, N.Y.
      13. Wenatchee, Wash.
      14. Bangor, Maine
      15. Lewiston-Auburn, Maine
      16. State College, Pa.
      17. Billings, Mont.
      18. Cumberland, Md.
      19. Lewiston, Idaho
      20. Pocatello, Idaho
     Farmers Insurance Group of Companies 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 and
 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

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