06 August 2001

death in the burbs

Forget the cookie-cutter houses and ugly strip-malls. There's another reason to leave suburbia and move into the city.

The suburbs can kill you.

That's right. According to the August 2001 issue of Philadelphia Magazine you are more that twice as likely to be killed in an automobile accident in one of Philly's four suburban counties than to die as a victim of violent crime within the city limits. And if you live in rapidly-growing Chester County, your chances of death by auto are almost four times that of a Philadelphian's dying at the hand of a violent criminal.

So next time you plan a move and are thinking about safe streets for your family, think carefully.