In times of economic uncertainty, identifying a safe and secure environment in which to live, work and raise a family has undoubtedly become a much bigger priority for many Americans than before. In a survey released by Farmers Insurance Group in late December 2009, Madison Wisconsin ranked the third most secure place to live in the United States compared to the largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

The rankings used in the study considered factors ranging from crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, threat of terrorism, housing market depreciation, foreclosure rates, air quality, life expectancy, and job loss numbers. In total, 379 U.S. municipalities were evaluated for the study.

The survey ranked the top 20 cities (or metropolitan areas) in three population categories: 1.) large metropolitan areas with populations totaling 500,000 or more, 2.) midsized cities with populations ranging from 150,000 to 500,000, and 3.) small towns with populations under 150,000.

Results for the cities with the largest populations (500,000 or more residents) were:


1. Austin-Round Rock, Tex.
2. Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
3. Madison, Wis.
4. Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Md.
5. Rochester, N.Y.
6. Honolulu, Hawaii
7. Syracuse, N.Y.
8. El Paso, Tex.
9. Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Me.
10. Nassau-Suffolk Counties, N.Y.
11. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.
12. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Tex.
13. Portland-Beaverton, Ore.-Vancouver, Wash.
14. New Haven-Milford, Conn.
15. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.
16. Pittsburgh, Pa.
17. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash.
18. Colorado Springs, Colo.
19. Denver, Colo.
20. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Two other Wisconsin cities ranked in the top 20 for midsized cities: Green Bay (16) and Duluth, Minn.-Superior, Wis. (9). Three other Wisconsin cities made the list for small towns: Eau Claire (9), Wausau (18), and La Crosse, Wis.-Winona, Minn (20).

If you or someone you care about is looking to relocate to Madison Wisconsin, please contact top Madison Realtor and Lake & City Homes broker|owner Jolenta Averill at 608.628.9701 or register at for free access to every Madison real estate listing available in the South Central Wisconsin MLS, updated every three hours, 24 hours a day!



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Interesting Article! I just got back home to Calgary, Canada after taking a trip to Madison. I note and agree with the mention of minimal depreciation relative to other parts of the region.

Posted by Calgary Property Management Guy on Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 1:58am

Great news for Madison. In these difficult days selling real estate little reports like this give a lift! This must be helpful in generating inward investment also.

Posted by Moraira Property on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 3:50pm

This list would help people who want to relocate and find safe cities for their families. Informative and to-the-point this can act as a major guide in relocation.

Posted by Catalystcondos on Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 12:48am

For job requirement one of my friends is moving to Madison, so I will share the information and suggest him to go through the blog.

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