A study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found that urban areas were far safer compared to the countryside. Mainly because of (drumroll) fewer car accidents:
Although homicides in cities far outpace those in rural areas, overall the risk of dying from some form of accident or injury is 20 percent greater in the most rural counties of the United States than in the nation’s biggest cities.
“As you moved further and further away from cities you got less and less safe. Even going into the suburbs dropped your safety a little bit,” she said.
“It’s a little counterintuitive,” she said.
Myers said when people think of their personal safety, they tend to think about intentionally inflicted injuries, such as being attacked or shot, but the researchers found that the risk of dying from an accidental injury is 40 percent higher in the nation’s most rural counties than in its most urban.
This actually is not a counterintuitive result. Previous studies have come to the same conclusion.