@Coltenjohnson - Do you have facts on which you base that assertion? Because
this article opens by stating that they only looked a deaths of those who LIVED
in the country/rural areas, not just people who died there...
A key factor in rural vs. urban deaths has to be time spent in the car. My
spouse is from a small town of under 1,000 in SE Idaho. During the first ten
years of our marriage, there were at least as many deaths there due to auto
accidents. The nearest towns with amenities were an hour's drive away, and
I suppose these residents spent more hours on the road than someone who has
amenities close by. Growing up in the Wasatch Front, in all the time I was in
school, only two classmates died in car accidents (out of the 2,500 or so people
I knew). One additional classmate later died the first year of college. But
I'm still left wondering, which is more dangerous, long, open stretches of
road traveled frequently, or heavy traffic, interstates, and less-frequent long
Most of these deaths are people traveling from the city and recreating in rural
areas. Boating, hiking, hunting, atv, driving accidents, etc.
@ Johnny Moser: You answered your own question. If most car accidents happen
within 5 miles of your home, than rural car accidents would be rural community
members who live within 5 miles of where the accident took place.
Not clear from the article, but I believe that the stats are counting the urban
traveler that dies in a traffic accident in the rural deaths. So all those folks
that aren't used to driving in the wide open spaces that crash and burn get
counted as rural deaths. If that is true, is the rural death really rural or is
it urban? Don't blame the city slicker's death on "rural" as
the person dying would never have considered themselves rural. The real stat for
deaths and car wrecks comes from the seat belt people, most car accidents happen
within 5 miles or less of your home.
There is a cost in living in the country, High electric bills, propane cost goes
up with car gas so heat bills are high. It's a long drive to the store so
were a tare on cars adds up not to mention all the time you spend in the car to
go to the store, then traffic in the 2 lane road. Odds are good you wont make it
till the ambulance arrives. So why live in the country? The serenity, To have
peace, watching the sun rise and fall, the amount of stars and how bright the
stars are at night. Then the big birds that talk in the day and how quiet it is
at night. So is the juice worth the squeezes. I think so. But others my feel
that their in solitary confinement.