Farmers Insurance just released its annual ‘Most Secure U.S. Places to Live’ rankings and guess what? That’s right, Bellingham is on it! Bellingham ranked third in mid-size cities (150,000-500,00 residents).
Factors taken into consideration include: crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, terrorist threats, environmental hazards, life expectancy and job loss numbers in 379 U.S. municipalities. The study broke it down into three categories: large metropolitan areas, mid-size cities and small towns.
(A tangent: Bellingham does not have over 150,000 residents. The 2009 population estimate for Bellingham by the US Census Bureau was 75,150. Perhaps Farmers is including all of Whatcom County? The 2009 population estimate for Whatcom County was 200,434.)
Lately there have been a few incidents in Bellingham that made it seem a little less secure, but overall I do feel pretty secure here. And I know that insurance companies crunch the numbers like no one’s business, so I tend to believe them. So whenever we hear something bad in the news, we can take solace in the fact that Bellingham is one of the most secure places to live.
In addition to Bellingham, the following Washington state cities made the ‘Most Secure’ list:
- Olympia, WA (#1 mid-size city)
- Clarkston, WA-Lewiston, Idaho (#1 small town)
- Bellingham, WA (#3 mid-size city)
- Wenatchee, WA (#6 small town)
- Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA (#10 large metro area)
- Yakima, WA (#13 mid-size city)
- Spokane, WA (#15 mid-size city)
- Bremerton–Silverdale, WA (#16 mid-size city)
- Mt. Vernon-Anacortes, WA (#17 small town)
To see the entire list, along with more information, check out Farmers Insurance press release on the Most Secure U.S. Places to Live rankings.
What do you think? Do you feel secure in Bellingham? Is there something you think that Farmers should/should not have included in their criteria? How do you feel about the other Washington cities on the list?
Would you like to learn more about life in Bellingham? As a local Realtor®, I’d love to tell you all about it!