(RNN) - A new study says it's safer to live in the city than the suburbs, contrary to popular perception.
The study published by Annals of Emergency Medicine says that larger cities are actually safer to live in than rural areas.
The study analyzed a total of 1,295,919 injury deaths in 3,141 U.S. counties between 1999 and 2006.
The lead study author, Sage Myers of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, told the Sacramento Bee that cars, guns and drugs cause most deaths from injury in the U.S.
According to the study, the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. was motor vehicle crashes - and a sharp increase was seen in motor vehicle crash deaths in the suburbs.
Researchers also found that when it comes to risk of injury or death by firearms, there is no significant statistical difference in cities and suburbs for the population as a whole.
But for the children 0 to 14 and adults 45 to 65, the study found the risk of death from injury by firearm was significantly higher in the suburbs.
Individuals aged 20 to 44 had a lower risk for firearm related injury death in most suburban areas compared to city areas.
"Despite public perception to the contrary, when all types of injuries are considered together, rural areas, not urban, bear a disproportionate amount of injury-related mortality risk in the United States," the study stated. "Although variability among urban areas clearly exists, when urban areas were considered as a group, risk of serious injury resulting in death was approximately 20 percent lower than in the most rural areas of the country."
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