Urban cities safer than rural towns, study suggests

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Cities can be convenient and towns can be quiet. Both have their perks. But which is typically safer to live in?

When asked, most people seem to believe living in a small town sounds safer than living in a big city. However, a new study out of the University of Pennsylvania found just the opposite.

University researchers say there’s less of a chance you’ll die if you live in a big city as opposed to the countryside -- no matter what your age.

While crime -- specifically homicides -- may be more common in America’s cities than in rural areas, the UPenn study found cities to be safer because there were fewer accidental deaths. One of the highest contributing factors in that statistic is fatal accidents that occur more often on winding, rural roads that have higher speed limits.