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Rural death: New study shows cities are safer than the country


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  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    @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...

  • Utah Native Farmington, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    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 distance travel?

  • coltenjohnson Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    Most of these deaths are people traveling from the city and recreating in rural areas. Boating, hiking, hunting, atv, driving accidents, etc.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    @ 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.

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Aug. 5, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    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.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 9:26 p.m.

    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.