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Olympia, Lewiston-Clarkston top secure cities lists

Thu., Dec. 16, 2010, 8:43 a.m.

Among mid-sized cities, Spokane is the 15th most secure place to live in the country, according to a study by Farmers Insurance. This is the second time Spokane has made the list. The city placed 19th in 2008.

Olympia was named the most secure mid-sized city in the nation.

The most secure small town in the nation is the Lewiston, Idaho–Clarkston, Wash., area, the same study concluded.

The rankings took into consideration crime, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, terrorist threats, life expectancy and job loss numbers.

The study looked at 127 metropolitan areas with populations between 150,000 and 500,000. The lists are at

Among mid-sized cities, Sioux Falls, S.D., was second and Bellingham, Wash., was third. The Tri-Cities area of Kennewick, Richland and Pasco, Wash., was fourth, while the Fargo, N.D.–Moorhead, Minn., area was fifth. Two other Washington cities made the list: Yakima (13th) and Bremerton–Silverdale (16th).

Among small cities, Wenatchee, Wash., was ranked sixth; Billings, Mont., was eighth; Corvallis, Ore., was ninth; and Mount Vernon–Anacortes, Wash., was 17th.

Madison, Wis., is the most secure large metropolitan area, the study found. Seattle–Bellevue–Everett, Wash., was listed as 10th most secure.

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