As reported on WTOP’s website on December 22, 2011:
WASHINGTON — A new ranking lists the Frederick-Gaithersburg-Bethesda area as one of the most secure metropolitan places to live nationwide.
In its eighth annual ranking of areas with more than 500,000 residents, Farmer’s Insurance Group lists the heavily-populated Maryland area as the fifth most secure place to live….
No. 1 on the most secure list was Pittsburgh, which moved up 10 slots from the year before. Next came Rochester, N.Y., El Paso, Texas and Syracuse, N.Y.
To compile the rankings, experts at bestplaces.net looked at crime statistics, extreme weather, natural disaster risk, housing depreciation, foreclosures and job loss numbers, to name a few. In total, they studied 379 municipalities.
For more information on Farmers Insurance Group’s Eighth Annual Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S. study, click here.