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Austin-Round Rock ranks No. 4 on list of most secure large cities

Austin-Round Rock ranks No. 4 on list of most secure large cities

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Austin-Round Rock is the No. 4 most secure large city. Texas Wide Open for Business/Facebook

When it comes to safety and security across the U.S., residents of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area are in a good position. According to a study released last week by Farmers Insurance, Austin is the No. 4 most secure large city in the country.

"It is the fifth straight year for the Austin–Round Rock, Texas, area [to rank], which came in fourth this year, up from No. 10 in 2011," Farmers Insurance said in the release. Bethesda, Maryland; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ranked as the top three cities ahead of Texas' capital. Other Texas cities on the list of the top 20 included Dallas, ranked No. 10, and El Paso, ranked No. 17.

For its findings, the study took into account the following criteria: 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. (Also of note, "Grand Rapids and Austin are two cities in which Farmers Insurance has a significant employee presence.")

The full list is as follows:

1. Bethesda–Gaithersburg–Frederick, Maryland
2. Grand Rapids–Wyoming, Michigan
3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4. Austin–Round Rock, Texas
5. Cambridge–Newton–Framingham, Massachusetts
6. Omaha, Neb.–Council Bluffs, Iowa
7. San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara, California
8. San Francisco–San Mateo–Redwood City, California
9. Portland–Beaverton, Oregon–Vancouver, Washington
10. Dallas–Plano–Irving, Texas
11. Boise City–Nampa, Idaho
12. Madison, Wisconsin
13. Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington, Minnesota
14. Raleigh–Cary, North Carolina
15. Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine
16. Essex County, Massachusetts
17. El Paso, Texas
18. Honolulu, Hawaii
19. Santa Ana–Anaheim–Irvine, California
20. Des Moines–West Des Moines, Iowa