The nearly 200,000 Utahns who in 1988 were clasified as "rural"residents stood a far smaller chance of being victimized by crime than their urban counterparts. (Rural areas are all counties that include neither a central city of at least 50,000 residents nor an urban area of at least 50,000.)

Crimes per 100,000 population Metro area Rural area

Property crimes* 6,044.0 1,723.4

Aggravated assaults 167.5 87.8

Robbery 67.7 4.7

Rape 26.4 10.9

Murder 3.0 3.1

*Burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft

Source: U.S. Department of Justice.