Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 | 12:03 p.m.
Henderson’s reputation as one of the safest cities in the nation is gaining credibility.
InsuranceProviders.com, an independent consumer comparison website, ranks Henderson as the sixth-safest city in the nation.
Last year, Forbes magazine named Henderson the nation’s second-safest city. Forbes produced the rankings based on factors such as median income, poverty rate, violent crime and traffic fatality statistics.
InsuranceProviders.com collected data from the FBI on violent crime, the likelihood of natural disaster through information from the U.S. Geological Survey and from an Allstate Insurance list of the safest cities to drive in America.
According to InsuranceProviders.com, only 0.2 percent of Henderson residents are involved in violent crime. The website noted Henderson was “fairly safe from natural disasters,” and said the average number of years between car accidents for drivers in Henderson is 9.3.
Of Henderson, the website also says, “next to Plano, it has the lowest crime rate of any city with a population of over 100,000.”
“This reinforces again our belief that we are achieving our success in providing a safe and secure community for our residents,” Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen said in a statement. “Safety is a community effort and is a byproduct of all our residents working together with us to provide a place to call home that we can all be proud of.”
Ahead of Henderson on the InsuranceProviders.com list, in descending order from No. 1, are Mesa, Ariz., Colorado Springs, Colo., Tucson, Ariz., St. Paul, Minn., and Fort Wayne, Ind.