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Columbia named 'Safest City in America' for third year in a row by WalletHub

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 12:15:22-05

COLUMBIA — Columbia was recognized as the “Safest City in America” by WalletHub for the third year in a row.

WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three criteria, home & community safety, natural-disaster risk, and financial safety.

“This accolade is a testament to the excellent quality of life we cherish in Howard County,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “For many of us, home is somewhere you feel secure and part of an inclusive community. We all want to be and feel safe in our neighborhoods. 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. Public safety and keeping our community safe remains a top priority of mine. I recognize that we still have work to do and will continue to do better and make sure every community in Howard County is and feels the safest it can be.”

"In Howard County, we have a philosophy and commitment to community policing, which impacts overall crime in our communities," said Police Chief Lisa Myers. "We will continue to work on behalf of all the people we serve to keep Columbia and all areas of Howard County safe."

To see the full study done by WalletHub, click here.