July 24, 2013

Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick Area Claims Top Spot in Ranking of “America’s Safest, Most Secure Places to Live”

A recent Forbes.com posting of “America’s Safest, Most Secure Places to Live” ranks the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick area number one among 10 large metro areas in the United States.

The rating reflected a broad range 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.

In second place, among the top 10, was the Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI area followed by Pittsburgh, PA in third.

The ranking was done for Farmers Insurance Company by Sperling’s Best Places which analyzes data about people and places and rates them for major publications.

To read the entire article, go to Forbes.com.


  1. As a lifelong county resident, currently living in Germantown and working in Gaithersburg, I must say I've never thought or heard of the geographical grouping of the "Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick Area" before. Seems like a pretty off-the-wall stretch to me.

  2. This is a federal division set up to determine economic indicators.


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