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New study says violent death is more likely in small cities than large cities

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COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Would you buy into research that says your chances of a violent death in Coldwater, let’s say, are greater than in a city like Chicago. A new study finds violent death in a small town is more likely than in a big city.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania discovered that the risk of death from an injury is more than 20% higher in rural small towns that bigger cities.  That includes injuries from shootings, vehicle crashes, drownings, falls, and many other accidents.  Murder rates are higher in big cities, but the number of people who die from unintentional injuries is much higher than the number of murder victims.  The risk of death by unintentional injury is 40% higher in rural areas than in cities. 

The study is being published online today in the "Annals of Emergency Medicine."