Large cities in the U.S. are significantly safer than their rural counterparts, with the risk of injury death more than 20 percent higher in the country. A study to be published online tomorrow in Annals of Emergency Medicine upends a common perception that urban areas are more dangerous than small towns ("Safety in Numbers: Are Major Cities the Safest Places in the U.S.?")... Analyzing 1,295,919 injury deaths that occurred between 1999 and 2006, researchers determined that the risk of injury death was 22 percent higher in the most rural counties than in the most urban.
And what is killing people in the rural areas? Cars. Indeed, in the book Walkability, the urban planner Jeff Speck states that your chances of being killed in or by a car in the suburbs are much higher than your chances of being killed by a stranger in the city.
But look at this little happening in West Seattle and tell me what you see...
What you see is that rural pleasures can be had in the city; but urban pleasures (expertly prepared foods, good shows, excellent cafes) are nowhere to be found in the rural areas.