DANVILLE — Farmers Insurance ranks hundreds of communities across the United States each year on safety and security, and Danville has been ranked 19th best.
The study of metropolitan areas, compiled by quality of life expert Bert Sperling (www.bestplaces.net) 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.
In the survey, mid-sized cities were those with populations from 150,000 to 500,000, while small cities were those with populations smaller than 150,000.
Danville is 19th on the list of the top 20 most secure small cities with a population of less than 150,000. Some other cities on this list were Corvallis, Ore., at No. 1 and Columbus, Ind., at 16th.
“This is something notable and we embrace it,” Danville Town Manager Gary Eakin said. “This is now part of our economic development package, and this recognition bodes well for elected officials and staff here in Danville.
“We are certainly in good company with all of the other small cities and we are excited about this and are glad to hear about this.”
Danville Fire Chief Mark Morgan said he’s proud to be a part of the list. The fire department has made greater strides in fire prevention, such as running a program for children and the community.
“This is for everybody, not just a department or the town of Danville,” Morgan said. “It’s for the citizens who help promote safety by locking their doors and taking steps toward safety. It’s for the whole community.”
Police Chief Bill Wright agrees, saying public safety cannot be achieved without the community’s involvement.
“This is a testament to not only the professionalism and dedication of our officers, but of the supportive community here,” he said. “This is absolutely awesome that we were given this distinction.”
One of the nation’s largest multi-line insurers, Farmers Insurance works with consumers on insurance and risk management, and has a long history of working with communities to become safer and more secure.
“Our most secure metropolitan areas are islands of security in our challenging times,” said Bert Sperling, president of Best Places. “They have been able to maintain stable economies and many are fortunate that their locale is not prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes. Although each metropolitan area is different, they all possess a desirable combination of factors (jobs, low crime rates, housing, climate, health, reduced levels of natural disasters) that make these some of the best places to live in the United States.”
The Farmers Insurance top 20 secure mid-sized cities included Green Bay, Wis., and Lafayette, Ind.
The top 20 most secure large metropolitan areas, with a population of 500,000 or more, included Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, Calif., Des Moines, and Honolulu.
Eakin said he hopes Danville can get even further up on the top 20 list.
“We hope we can build on this success now that we’re No. 19, and try harder to get further up the list,” he said. “This just shows that the quality of life here in Danville is great and people do feel safe.”
Farmers Insurance Group is a leading U.S. insurer group of automobiles, homes, and small businesses and also provides a range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers serves more than 10 million households, with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through more than 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.
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