Olympia is the most secure place in which to live among midsize cities in the U.S., according to the latest Farmers Insurance Group of Companies study.
According to a news release:
The rankings took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, the risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, terrorist threats, life expectancy and job-loss numbers in 127 areas with populations between 150,000 and 500,000.
Olympia was the top-ranked midsize city in the 2007 and 2008 Farmers studies and has been in the top 20 in each of the seven years of the study.
Following Olympia, in descending order, were Sioux Falls, S.D.; Bellingham; the Tri-Cities; Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.; Rochester, Minn.; Duluth, Minn.-Superior, Wis.; Binghamton, N.Y.; Lynchburg, Va.; and Burlington, Vt.
Three other Washington cities were in the top 20: Yakima, at 13; Spokane, at 15; and Bremerton-Silverdale, at 16.