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Are Cities or Suburbs Safer For Children?

Is It Safer to Raise a Family in the City or the Suburbs?

Are children more protected in an urban or suburban area? Some couples exchange their metropolitan dwellings for more spacious (and allegedly safer) suburban spaces when they decide to start families. Others believe the culture, options, and access a city offers are unmeasured. Crime can happen anywhere, but which setting makes you more comfortable?

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Studio16 Studio16 7 years
Suburbs. There's more space for kids to run around. You can leave your kid in the front yard for hours on end and not have to worry about him being snatched up. Can't really do that in the city...
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 7 years
While it's not 'one or the other' this poll was suburbs vs city. It wasn't asking about rural or international or other, so that must have been why I was confused by why you were affronted. Sorry, I'll chill ps. city all the way!
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 7 years
Anonymous, I think you're taking this a little too personal. Chill.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
Neither for me, I'm a country girl! Hubby and I just bought 6 acres and we can't wait to build our own place away from everyone. I can't wait for my son to be able to run by himself outside, or for the kids to pick cherries off our trees for pies. The way the roads here are set up, we are 20 minutes away from a hospital, and emergency medical can get to us faster than that if we need them. I hate too much noise, so the city is out for me, and I can't wait until I don't have to see my neighbor watering his lawn in his underwear every morning!
Moms Moms 7 years
Anonymous — Instead of having an "other" option, we encourage readers to comment. Thanks!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
Eh, neither. All the small towns here have hospitals, so i'd rather live in a small town with a nice house and a few acres and a less hectic life style. That being said, I live in the city and hate it! But you live where the jobs are.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I voted city. City homes and suburban homes contain the same hazards. They both have poisons, windows, coffee tables with sharp corners, the possibility of crime, allergens, and so on. However, most places in the city are closer to hospitals than most places in the suburbs. On top of that, most urban areas are laid out in a grid pattern, as opposed to the curving streets and cul-de-sacs of the suburbs. Most urban areas are well-defined--the streets are in the map book. Many suburban areas are growing so quickly that they make fire and EMS mapping software obsolete. There are streets that are not in the map book. Looking through the eyes of someone in the emergency services field, I'd much rather live in a city.
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