Farmers Insurance Study Ranks The Most Secure Large Cities in the U.S.

    Farmers Insurance Study Ranks The Most Secure Large Cities in the U.S.

Bethesda, Md., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Pittsburgh, Pa., Top All Large
Metropolitan Areas

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, June 26, 2013

LOS ANGELES, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Farmers Insurance Group of
Companies^® annually ranks hundreds of U.S. communities based on safety and
security. In this year's large city category of the "Most Secure Places to
Live in the U.S." study, Farmers has rated Bethesda, Md., Grand Rapids, Mich.,
and Pittsburgh, Pa., as the most secure large metropolitan areas (population
of 500,000 or greater).


The study of large metropolitan areas, compiled by researchers at Sperling's
BestPlaces, 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.

Farmers Insurance, which has a corporate mantra of focusing on helping to make
its customers smarter when it comes to insurance decisions, also has a long
history of helping to make safer and more secure the communities in which it
does business.

"Farmers Insurance is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, and since
our founding, we have been committed to improving the communities in which
customers, agents and employees live and work," said Mark Toohey, Head of
Media Relations for Farmers Insurance. "We congratulate the residents of the
Bethesda, Grand Rapids and Pittsburgh, along with all large metropolitan areas
named in the top 20 rankings. They are fortunate to have dedicated local
government, law enforcement, fire, medical and education leaders who work
hardand have earned the Farmers Insurance most secure large city

"Our most secure large metropolitan areas are islands of security in our
challenging times," said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling's
BestPlaces."Some have a stable economy due to their local colleges and seats
of government, and some may be 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."

This is the seventh consecutive year that the Bethesda area has earned the top
20 rating among large metropolitan areas in the annual Farmers Insurance
study, and it has actually been among the top 10 each year since 2007. Some of
the key factors that helped the historical Maryland area earn its No. 1 spot
in the 2012 study included its low unemployment and low personal crime rates,
while its long life expectancy rate contributed to its top rating.

Grand Rapids made the Farmers Insurance top 20 for the first time, while this
is the sixth consecutive year that Pittsburgh has appeared in the annual
Farmers rankings. It is the fifth straight year for the Austin–Round Rock,
Texas, area, which came in fourth this year, up from No. 10 in 2011. Grand
Rapids and Austin are two cities in which Farmers Insurance has a significant
employee presence.

Here are the Farmers Insurance Group's top 20 most secure large metropolitan
areas for 2012:

Large Metro Areas (500,000 or more residents)

1.  Bethesda–Gaithersburg–Frederick, Md.
2.  Grand Rapids–Wyoming, Mich.
3.  Pittsburgh, Pa. 
4.  Austin–Round Rock, Texas
5.  Cambridge–Newton–Framingham, Mass.
6.  Omaha, Neb.–Council Bluffs, Iowa
7.  San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara, Calif.
8.  San Francisco–San Mateo–Redwood City, Calif.
9.  Portland–Beaverton, Ore.–Vancouver, Wash.
10. Dallas–Plano–Irving, Texas
11. Boise City–Nampa, Idaho
12. Madison, Wis.
13. Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington, Minn.
14. Raleigh–Cary, N.C.
15. Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine
16. Essex County, Mass.
17. El Paso, Texas
18. Honolulu, Hawaii
19. Santa Ana–Anaheim–Irvine, Calif.
20. Des Moines–West Des Moines, Iowa

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is a leading U.S. insurer of automobiles,
homes and small businesses and also provides a wide range of other insurance
and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than
10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all
50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents
and nearly 24,000 employees.

The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance
Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including
their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders. Farmers
Group, Inc., along with its subsidiaries, manages the non-claims insurance
operations of the Farmers Exchanges. Farmers Group, Inc. is wholly owned by
the Zurich Insurance Group. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web
site at or at

Contacts: Jerry Davies
          (213) 400-4459

          Mark Toohey

          Luis Sahagun

SOURCE Farmers Insurance

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