The Valley is once again getting some positive, national attention. A new survey released by Farmers Insurance ranks Fargo-Moorhead and Greater Grand Forks, along with Crookston as some of the most secure places to live in America.
Fargo-Moorhead is ranked number three, as the most secure mid-sized city. Greater Grand Forks, along with Crookston is ninth, in the rankings for the most secure small towns. It's getting a lot tougher for folks from around the Country to make jokes about North Dakota anymore.
Kevin Dean, City of Grand Forks: "We used to make fun of ourselves, and we used to be the butt of a lot of jokes. But now, a lot of people are starting to recognize the value of safety, cleanliness, friendliness, great schools…"
The survey ranks Fargo-Moorhead as America's third most secure, mid-sized city. It defines that as cities with a population between 150,000 to half a million people.
The rankings took into account a number of factors, including the risk of natural disasters, terrorist threats and of course, crime statistics.
Lt. Joel Vettel, Fargo Police Dept.: "At the end of the day it's because of the Community we serve and the people we serve. They're more than willing to get involved to secure their own things and keep themselves safe. It's not only a representation of law enforcement, but the Community itself."
Grand Forks-East Grand Forks, along with Crookston, are ranked the ninth most secure, small towns in America… towns with a population of less than 150-thousand.
It's just more good news for Grand Forks, which has already been ranked as one of the best places in the Country for young people to live, several years in a row.
Kevin Dean: "We've been saying these things for years. Now, we're getting some of the recognition that goes along with it."
The number one picks across the Country as most secure cities are: Pittsburgh for large cities, Kennewick, Washington for mid-size cities and Ithaca, New York takes the top honor for being the most secure small town in the Country.