Safest Small Town

By Erika Mahoney

October 5, 2012 Updated Oct 5, 2012 at 6:19 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Do you feel safe and secure where you live?

For the past eight years, Farmers Insurance has ranked about 400 municipalities in the United States based on these two very factors.

The study looks at crime statistics, risk of natural disasters, cancer rates, and housing foreclosures to name a few. The study divided the municipalities it surveyed into three groups: large metro areas, mid-size cities, and small towns.

This year, seven municipalities in New York are on the list, and Ithaca is taking home a blue ribbon. The "small town" city took the top spot for the safest small town in America.

On Friday afternoon, Farmers Insurance presented an award to the Ithaca deputy mayor.

"In Ithaca, we take a lot of pride in our ability to work together with our neighbors and there are a lot of agencies that made this award possible," said Ithaca City Clerk Julie Conley Holcomb.

As people walked around the Ithaca Commons, everyone agreed that Ithaca is a very safe palce to live and raise children.

"Being able to tell my kids, you know, go over and walk to the library, and I'll be there later, is great," said Timothy Martin. "Trusting that they are going to get there and get there safely is very nice to know, it's a good sense of security."

"I feel safe because it's a really close-knit community and I can walk home at night and not feel any danger," said Erica O'Brian.

The other communities that made the cut in New York include Rochester, Buffalo-Niagara, Nassau-Suffolk counties, Binghamton, Utica-Rome, and Elmira.

For more information on the study...

Farmers Insurance Press Release