Lewis W. Diuguid

Big cities offer more safety than rural areas, new study shows

Updated: 2013-07-28T00:08:21Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

Many urban families have sent their children on extended stays with rural relatives, figuring that would keep the kids safe.

However, a new study shows that thinking is wrong. A study published this week in the Annals of Emergency Room Medicine shows that people in densely populated cities are 20 percent less likely to die from a serious injury than people who live in rural communities, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Many cities have a lot of car crashes, and homicides, but researchers found that the risk of motor vehicle wrecks and machinery accidents are higher in rural areas.

The study looked at nearly 1.3 million recorded deaths in the U.S. from injuries between 1999 and 2006. They included car crashes, poisoning, firearms, drownings, suffocation, cuts and deaths from heavy machinery. The top killers in rural and urban areas were drug-related poisonings, shootings and car wrecks.

Car crashes were the biggest killers, and the risk of dying in one was nearly twice as high for people in rural areas. Gun fire claimed an equal share of rural and urban dwellers.

Urban areas dominated in poisoning such as from drug overdoses.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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