Grand Rapids MI Debuts at Number 2: Farmers Insurance Most Secure Big Cities

Farmers Insurance Study Ranks Grand Rapids MI Second Most Secure Large City in US

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“In this year’s large city category of the ‘Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S.’ study, Farmers Insurance Group has rated Bethesda, Md., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Pittsburgh, Pa., as the most secure large metropolitan areas (population of 500,000 or greater).

“Farmers annually ranks hundreds of U.S. communities based on safety and security. The study of large metropolitan areas, compiled by researchers at Sperling’s BestPlaces, took into consideration a number of criteria, including economic stability, crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, life expectancy, motor vehicle fatalities, and employment numbers.

“Grand Rapids made the Farmers Insurance top 20 for the first time, while this is the sixth consecutive year that Pittsburgh has appeared in the annual Farmers rankings.”



Large Metro Areas (500,000 or more residents)

1. Bethesda–Gaithersburg–Frederick, Md.
2. Grand Rapids–Wyoming, Mich.
3. Pittsburgh, Pa.
4. Austin–Round Rock, Texas
5. Cambridge–Newton–Framingham, Mass.
6. Omaha, Neb.–Council Bluffs, Iowa
7. San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara, Calif.
8. San Francisco–San Mateo–Redwood City, Calif.
9. Portland–Beaverton, Ore.–Vancouver, Wash.
10. Dallas–Plano–Irving, Texas
11. Boise City–Nampa, Idaho
12. Madison, Wis.
13. Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington, Minn.
14. Raleigh–Cary, N.C.
15. Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine
16. Essex County, Mass.
17. El Paso, Texas
18. Honolulu, Hawaii
19. Santa Ana–Anaheim–Irvine, Calif.
20. Des Moines–West Des Moines, Iowa