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Farmers Insurance 2010 national survey finds Sioux Falls, South Dakota ranked second as most secure mid-sized city in America

Farmers South Dakota State Executive Director, agents and employees will present a recognition plaque at the upcoming Sioux Falls City Council meeting March 7, 2011

Sioux Falls, SD—(March 3, 2011)-- According to the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies® 2010 annual survey of the most secure U.S. places to live, Sioux Falls, South Dakota ranks second as the most secure mid-size city, with a metropolitan  population of 150,000-500,000.

"Congratulations to all government departments and citizens of Sioux Falls,” stated Elizabeth Stella, Farmers South Dakota State Executive Director. “It is an honor for Farmers to present a recognition plaque to Mayor Mike Huether.  Farmers agents, district managers, employees and their families are proud to live and work in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas."

WHAT:

Farmers Insurance Secure Cities Presentation to the Sioux Falls City Council.  Farmers South Dakota State Executive Director Elizabeth Stella will present a short video of what it means to be a Secure City and a Farmers Secure City Survey recognition plaque to Mayor Mike Huether, Police Chief Doug Barthel, Fire Chief Donn Hill and city council members.   

WHERE:

Council Chambers at the Carnegie Town Hall, 235 West Tenth Street.

WHEN:

Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 P.M.

WHO: Elizabeth Stella, will be joined by Farmers agents and district managers.   

The rankings, compiled by database experts at www.bestplaces.net, took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, terrorist threats, environmental hazards, life expectancy and job loss numbers in 379 U.S. municipalities. The study divided the communities into three groups: large metropolitan areas, mid-size cities and small towns.

“Sioux Falls has become a vibrant area for businesses and citizens,” Stella continued.   “Its extremely clean air, long life expectancy of its residents, and other excellent attributes, helped earn the citizens of Sioux Falls this outstanding Mid-Size city recognition.”

To Media:  Copies of the full survey are available at  www.bestplaces.net.

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products.  Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be.  Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at www.farmers.com or at www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

Media contact:

Brian Callahan
Pegasystems Inc.
brian.callahan@pega.com
(617) 866-6364
Twitter: @pegasystems

Kim Baker
PAN Communications
pega@pancomm.com
(978) 474-1900

Jerry Davies
jerry.davies@farmersinsurance.com
213-400-4459



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