Survey: Washington Areas Most Secure Places to Live

May 19, 2008

Olympia, Wash., and its metropolitan area are the safest places in the nation to live, work or raise a family, according to the fourth annual Most Secure U.S. Places to Live rankings from Farmers Insurance Group of Companies.

The rankings, compiled by database experts at, took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, environmental hazards, terrorism threats, air quality, life expectancy and job loss numbers in its ranking of 379 U.S. municipalities. The study divided the communities into three groups: large metropolitan areas, mid-size cities and small towns.

Olympia took top honor in the mid-size cities category in the Farmers study.

“The Farmers Most Secure Places to Live survey tells a lot about families and local government today,” said Susan Bithell, Farmers Washington State executive director. “Top-ranked Olympia, and its surrounding metropolitan cities, Yelm, lacey, Tumwater, Tenino and the unincorporated Thurston County are the most secure mid-size cities — population 150,000 to 500,000– to live in. The state capital has become a hub for artists and musicians. The extremely clean air and the long life expectancy of Olympia’s residents also helped make the number one ranking,” she said in a statement.

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Source: Farmers

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