COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Columbia, Maryland, is the safest city in America, according to a new survey.

WalletHub ranked the Howard County neighborhood number one on their list of 182 cities. They compared the cities across three key dimensions — home & community safety, natural disaster risk and financial safety.

Columbia ranked third for community safety, 63rd for natural disaster risk and 77th for financial safety.

County Executive Calvin Ball called the results “a testament to the excellent quality of life we cherish in Howard County.”

“As we commemorate our first year in office this week, it is an incredible honor for Howard County and Columbia to be named “Safest City in America” by WalletHub for the second consecutive year,” Ball said in a statement. “I want to thank our police officers, firefighters and paramedics, social workers, community advocates, and engaged residents for working together to achieve this honor for our community once again.”

Yonkers, New York, came in second, followed by Plano, Texas, and Gilbert, Arizona.

Baltimore ranked number 158 overall on the list — ranking 160 for safety, 67 for natural disaster risk and 157 for financial risk.

D.C ranked 167, Philadelphia was 169, Pittsburgh was 142, Dover was 67 and Wilmington ranked 144th.


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