Are you safe in the city?
New research says yes, urban beats rural when it comes to safety.
Even though it’s been about a decade since I left the Big Apple, I still feel safer in the city for the most part than I do in less populated places. And now, I’ve got research that backs up that intuition. A new study to be published tomorrow in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, reveals that -- contrary to common perception -- large cities are actually significantly safer than rural areas. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed over 1.2 million injury deaths that occurred between 1999 and 2006. And they found that the risk of dying from an injury was 22 percent higher in rural counties than in big cities. The biggest death threat was car accidents -- for people who live in the country, about 28 out of every 100,000 people die in a car crash, but for city dwellers, it was only about 11 out of 100,000. Guns are another big issue when it comes to accidental death, but that risk was about the same for both the country and the city (although it’s worth noting that kids in rural areas had significantly higher rates of firearm-related deaths than did city kids).
Speaking of guns, I know you’re thinking, what about murder? Isn’t the risk of that so much higher if you live in a city versus a peaceful, bucolic rural town? And while yes, it’s true that there are more homicides per capita in cities than in rural areas, your overall risk of getting murdered is actually pretty low no matter where you are. As the lead author, Sage Myers, MD, wrote: “The rate of unintentional injury dwarfs the risk of homicide, with the rate of unintentional injury more than 15 times that of homicide among the entire population.”
So staying safe may be less about watching your back than it is watching out for cars (no matter where you live!).
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I hate city life preferring to live in a more rural than urban area and work in the city.
I live in the Seattle Metropolitan area where most of the jobs are found,but I'd rather live
far from it all even if I have to do long commute to go to work.traffic is terrible,crime rate is climbing and the population in the Greater Seattle area is increasing very rapidly due to the flow of people moving up here from other parts of the country.