Madison was just ranked the most secure place to live in the United States among large metropolitan areas (500,000 residents or more), according to the seventh annual Farmers Insurance study. The Wisconsin state capital was ranked 3rd last year. This is the 5th time out of 7 years that Madison has placed in the top 20. The rankings were compiled by BestPlaces. Factors used to determine how secure any given metro area is included the following:

  1. crime
  2. extreme weather
  3. risk of natural disaster
  4. housing depreciation
  5. foreclosures
  6. terrorist threats
  7. environmental hazards
  8. air quality
  9. life expectancy
  10. job losses

According to the news release from Farmers Insurance, Madison moved up to No. 1 due to a low unemployment rate, low violent crime rate and long life expectancy of its residents.

The top 20 most secure large metropolitan areas in the U.S. among 114 studied were:

  1. Madison
  2. Des Moines, Iowa
  3. Syracuse, N.Y.
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Portland, Maine
  6. Rochester, N.Y.
  7. Honolulu
  8. El Paso, Texas
  9. Bethesda, Md.
  10. Seattle
  11. Pittsburgh
  12. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  13. Nassau-Suffolk Counties, N.Y.
  14. McAllen, Texas
  15. Bridgeport, Conn.
  16. Raleigh, N.C.
  17. Albany, N.Y.
  18. Wichita, Kan.
  19. Buffalo, N.Y.
  20. New Haven, Conn

The most secure mid-size (150,000-500,000 residents) metropolitan area was Olympia, Wash. and the most secure small-size (less than 150,000 residents) metro area was Lewiston, Idaho.

Interested in moving to the safest city in the U.S.? Visit our Madison homes page or call (563) BUY-SOLD to get started.

Posted by Jolenta Averill on
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You're amazing Jolenta - I always appreciate the list and you being one of the first to find them -- consistency and from myriad of different sources you find them. You'll have to tell me your secret another time. I've tried G Alerts.

Okay, list now. Notice number 9 :-). It must be the Greater Bethesda area b/c Bethesda's population is just a shade under 60,000. And of course, where there's Madison on these lists, Austin has to be close.

I'm thinking besides many of the obvious metrics, the job growth in Madison (per one of your previous posts?) would place MadCity over the top. Gotta love Madison! Well done, Jolenta.

Posted by Kevin Koitz on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 9:02pm

Congrats and well deserved. Great information for anyone thinking about moving to your area Jolenta!

Posted by Anita Clark on Sunday, December 19th, 2010 at 5:05pm

Wow, that's great news for you. Safety is an important factor when thinking about relocation.

Posted by Charles on Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 7:46pm

What great facts to come by. Poor Arizona didn't make it's way to that list. Guess we'll have to try harder. Thanks for posting this. :)

Posted by Mesa Homes for Sale on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 12:10pm

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