Everything is coming up Dallas these days. In a recent survey, Farmers Insurance named the Dallas-Plano-Irving area as the 10th most secure big city in America. The top spot went to Bethesda, Maryland, while Austin (No. 4) and El Paso (No. 17) earned praise as well.
Farmers commissioned the survey, which was compiled by researchers at Sperling's BestPlaces. Using data on economic stability, crime, weather, fatal car accidents, environmental hazards and life expectancy, the survey revealed the safest 20 cities with 500,000 or more residents.
"Our most secure large metropolitan areas are islands of security in our challenging times," Bert Sperling said in statement.
The survey praised local government, law enforcement and education leaders in all 20 ranking cities. Fifteen states made the list, with California and Texas each boasting three cities.
Sperling's didn't offer any specific insights into why Dallas made the cut, but a recent City of Dallas survey revealed that most residents are pleased with the quality of life here.
Fifty-four percent of residents believe Dallas is headed in a positive direction, compared to just 35 percent of residents of other large U.S. cities. Dallas also rates significantly higher than the national average in knowledge, responsiveness and courtesy of city employees.