Three upstate New York cities rank in the top 20 most “secure” places to live in America. But what does that mean?
Turns out, the survey’s definition of “secure” is not simple.
Farmers Insurance Group releases the annual list, which purports to definitely define where myriad factors converge, creating an environment where citizens’ health, happiness and well-being are least threatened.
The survey was inspired by the question of how cities have responded since 9/11, to shore up defenses against possible perils facing modern Americans.
Rochester leads the upstate New York bunch at number two in the nation, followed by Buffalo, slotted at sixth, with Albany coming in twelfth.
UPDATED 1/3/12: Syracuse comes in fourth on the list of large cities, but we left them off of our summary of the upstate cities that made the grade - sorry about that 'Cuse! It's probably also worth noting that Binghamton comes in fifth on the "mid-sized cities" list, and Utica-Rome comes in twelfth. Ithaca takes the top spot on the "small towns" list, and Elmira comes in fourth.