City vs. Country: Guess Which Is Safer?
If you said country, we have bad news for you
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
This Saturday, May 19, 2012, photo, shows the Chicago skyline at night.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Contrary to what Law & Order has taught you, when it comes to safety you're better off in the city than the country. Time flags a new study out today that compares large US cities to rural areas, and finds that the risk of injury death (this includes everything from car accidents to drownings to shootings, and researchers reviewed almost 1.3 million of them) is 22% higher in rural areas, as compared to big cities. If you're not buying it, Time does temper the finding by acknowledging that homicide risk is higher in cities.

But your chances of being a homicide victim are comparatively slim: An American is 15 times more likely to die from an unintentional injury—and we then refer you back to the city vs. country stat mentioned above. NBC News points out one segment that might not be so surprised by this finding: emergency physicians. "At the end of the day, it's about access to care and how far you are from a trauma center," says one doctor, and on this count, cities typically have the countryside beat.

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ddhartma
Jul 24, 2013 2:19 PM CDT
"But your chances of being a homicide victim are comparatively slim: An American is 15 times more likely to die from an unintentional injury" And yet we have so many calling for gun controls and/or banning of guns, when it appears that you are 15 times more likely to die by other means than from a gun.
K.KRANK
Jul 24, 2013 1:36 PM CDT
They're correct. It's all about timely access to emergency services & healthcare. If you're out in the boonies & get your arm stuck between some rocks it's not like you're going to call 911 on your cellphone & get paramedics & fire rescue people out to free you & take you to a hospital. 'Cuz the reality of that kind of 'injured out in the boonies' scenario tends to turn out more like this www.imdb.com/title/tt1542344/ & this www.newser.com/story/171441/3rd-hiker-dies-along-stunning-deadly-ariz-trail.html
Who_Cares
Jul 24, 2013 9:10 AM CDT
The government wants the good quality people to move back to the metro area, so they have less work and more tax revenues. There was a reason for raising gas prices, what triggered everything to go up in return. They pushing section 8 people to suburbs, basically they are conducting new experiment to see if people take a bait. Do you want your kids to play on the City streets or in your backyard.