More kudos to Bellingham. In the Fourth Annual Farmers Insurance study ranking the most secure U.S. places to live, Bellingham came in No. 5 for midsize cities. The ratings took into consideration crime stats, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, environmental hazards, threats of terrorism, air quality, life expectancy, and job loss numbers for 379 U.S. cities. The study was divided into three groups, large metropolitan areas, midsize cities, and small towns, Olympia Washington was No. 1 midsize city in the study.
It is interesting to see that they considered midsize cities as those with populations between 150,000 to 500,000. It seems more like Whatcom County would fit this bill rather than Bellingham which would be more in line with their small towns.
They consider small towns under 150,000 people, is it makes the wonder where they would put Bellingham if they got the population statistics right. Bellingham is pushing 75,000 people depending on the statistics you look at.