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Another Logan Plus: Named Third-Most Secure Community in Nation


December 12, 2008

Logan has been named in an annual Farmers Insurance study at the third-most secure community among U.S. cities with fewer than 150,000 residents.
 
The rankings, which are in their fifth year, are compiled by database experts at www.bestplaces.net and look at crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, life expectancy and job loss numbers. The study divides communities into three groups: large metropolitan areas with 500,000 or more, mid-size cities that have between 150,000 and 500,000 residents and small cities with fewer than 150,000.
 
Logan joins other Utah communities on the lists, including Provo-Orem and Ogden-Clearfield, which ranked Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, on the mid-size list, and Salt Lake City, which ranked ninth on the large metro list.
 
First on the large metro list is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash., which ranks high for job growth, life expectancy, minimal housing depreciation and lack of extreme weather. The city is also home to Fortune 500 companies like Amazon.com, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Safeco Corp. and T-Mobile USA. It jumped to first place from 17th on the list in 2007.
 
Olympia, Wash., ranks first on the mid-size city list and Corvallis, Ore., ranks first on the small city list.
 
On the small city list, Bismark, N.D., ranks second. After Logan’s third-place ranking, Wenatchee, Wash., comes in fourth and State College, Pa., fifth.
 
Logan has been listed on several national lists lately. Every month this year, it has ranked either first or second for its low unemployment rate. The last report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked Logan second lowest in the country — Bismark, N.D., ranked first — with a 2.4 percent jobless rate.
 
The CQ Press, a research, U.S. government and world affairs publisher, ranked the Logan metropolitan area at the top of its 2008-09 “Crime in Metropolitan America” report for having the least amount of crime.
 
In November, the Logan area ranked first among communities in the Western Athletic Conference for the lowest average home price in 2008, according to an annual Coldwell Banker study that ranks communities that have Division-1 football teams.
 
Also in November, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported the Logan area’s home price appreciation was up 1.11 percent in 2008’s third quarter, and saw a 4.55 percent increase over the last year.
 
Meanwhile, however, the U.S. Census released figures this week that indicate Logan’s salaries are the second lowest in the state.