(The following is quoted from an article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 17, 2002. The article was written by Janita Poe.)
Fatality risk rated highest in exurbs
Closer-in areas safer, study says
To an crime- and traffic-weary city-dweller who is contemplating life in the outer suburbs, University of Virginia professor William Lucy has this to say: It's safer in the city.
Lucy, in a new study, rated lethal dangers in U.S. metro areas, based on homicide and trafic-accident data. He found that exurban areas were most dangerous, and closer-in suburbs were the safest. Urban centers generally fell between the two.
"For a long time people have not had very accurate information about were it's safe," Lucy said. "Traffic dangers as well as crime are the two main dangers one meets when leaving home. But most studies don't focus on those two factors."
Of the two criteria, deaths from motor vehicles far outnumber homicides.
..."There now are more than three times as many traffic fatalities as homicides," Lucy said. "It's clear from that fact alone that traffic fatalities should be given serious consideration."
In 1999, there were 41,717 traffic fatalities and 13,011 homicides in the United States.