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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Seattle Considered Safest Major City in America, Poll Finds

10/31/2006  4:00:00 PM

Seattle Considered Safest Major City in America, Poll Finds

SEATTLE - People across America view Seattle as the country’s safest major city, according to a new survey released yesterday by The Gallup Organization.

In the poll, 80 percent of those surveyed, said they considered Seattle “a safe place to live in or visit,” an increase of 5 percent from 2004 results. It is the highest rating any city has received since Gallup began the periodic poll in 1990.

“This shows that the outstanding work of the Seattle Police Department is recognized not just at home, but across the country” said Mayor Greg Nickels. “While Seattle is certainly not free of crime and violence, this ranking is something everyone can take pride in. I want to thank the men and women of the department for their tremendous service to the city.”

The poll compared the public’s perceptions of safety in 16 major cities across the country. Minneapolis was second with 73 percent. The phone survey of 500 people was conducted Oct. 9-12.

The full results of the poll are available at

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