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Frederick receives national accolades

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Frederick was recently recognized by a national ranking organization for its safe and secure environment in which to live, work and raise a family.

The Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick area is the ninth most secure community among the nation’s large metropolitan areas—with populations of 500,000 people or more—according to the seventh annual Most Secure U.S. Places to Live rankings from Farmers Insurance Group of Companies. The rankings, compiled by experts at Sperling’s BestPlaces, 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 the 379 U.S. municipalities.

Frederick has had its share of accolades. The Bethesda, Md., metro region, of which Frederick is part, was ranked the second smartest area in the country by Forbes.com in 2008, surpassed only by Boulder, Colo. Each metro area was rated based on the percentage of residents with bachelor’s, professional and doctoral degrees, and high school diplomas.

In October 2010, downtown Frederick was named as one of the country’s top 10 Great Neighborhoods by The American Planning Association, a nonprofit educational group for community developers. The award celebrates places of exemplary social, cultural or historical character; community involvement; sustainability practices; and a vision for the future.

The city received a Great American Main Street award in 2005 and named as one of a dozen Distinct Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2002.