by Pam Zubeck
Your chances of being robbed, blown away in a tornado or kidnapped by a terrorist are pretty slim, according to a recent study by the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, which ranked Colorado Springs the 18th safest large metro area in the nation.
In Farmers' six years of doing the rankings, the Springs has twice placed in the Top 20.
The rankings were compiled by database experts who took into account crime statistics, weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, terrorist threats, environmental hazards, air quality, life expectancy and job loss numbers in 114 U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.
“In today’s fast-paced world, citizens look for a strong local government to make their communities secure, and especially desirable for individuals and families to live, work and grow,” Farmers CEO Robert Woudstra says in a press release.
If government is the key, and we've got a City Council that's axed the budget to within an inch of its life, maybe next year's rating won't be so high, huh?
The most secure mid-sized metropolitan area (population between 150,000 and 500,000) is Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn. (Could that be because hardly anybody lives there in the first place, and those who do are too busy trying to keep warm?)
In the large city category (over 500,000 population), El Paso, Texas, ranked eighth. Eighth? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that just across the bridge from Juarez, Mexico, where drug cartel gangs have been murdering people by the dozens?