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Rochester makes 'secure places' list

Rochester has been ranked by a major insurance company as one of the most secure places to live in the United States.

Farmers Insurance Group put Rochester in 10th place among mid-sized cities with populations up to 500,000, said Jeff Dailey, the company's president and CEO.

Among 27 mid-sized cities in the survey, the Fargo-Moorhead area was ranked third, and the Duluth-Superior area was ranked 11th. First place went to the Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, Wash., area.

The rankings, compiled by www.bestplaces.net, took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, terrorist threats, life expectancy, mortality rates from cancer and motor-vehicle accidents, and job loss numbers.

This is the third straight year and fifth time overall that Rochester has appeared in the Farmers rankings.

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Pittsburgh was ranked first among large metropolitan area (population greater than 500,000).

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