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Safe Cities

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Are you afraid to go out of your nest because you might get the 'rona? A recent Gallup Poll found that almost 50% of all Americans are worried about getting the damnable virus. I believe there are four types of folks right now: those who have not left their abodes since March 2020, those who only go out to the grocer and doctor appointments and those who go out to shop, eat but don't travel, and those who act like nothing is going on and they do whatever they want, where they want, when they want to.

WalletHub just compared more than 180 cities across 42 key indicators of safety. Their data set ranged from the number of COVID-19 cases in the past seven days per 100,000 residents to assaults per capita on individuals, the unemployment rate and road quality. The top safest cities found were: Columbia, Maryland; South Burlington, Vermont; Plano, Texas; Nashua, New Hampshire; and Lewiston, Maine. Salt Lake City came in 76th on their survey of 180 cities. The other interesting results found that Salt Lake City had the highest percentage of households with emergency savings at hand over all other cities.

Other findings: Fewest traffic fatalities per capita: Bismarck, North Dakota; New York City; Boston; Yonkers, New York, and San Francisco. And the most traffic fatalities per capita? Little Rock, Arkansas.

Cities with most law-enforcement employees per capita are Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Chicago. Cities with fewest law-enforcement employees per capita? Raleigh, North Carolina; and Fontana and Fremont, California.

Fewest hate crimes per capita: Baltimore, with most hate crimes reported in Newark, New Jersey.

The highest unemployment rates were in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, with the lowest rates in Lincoln, Nebraska; Bismarck, North Dakota and Boise, Idaho.

And finally, the survey found that the cities with the lowest natural-disaster risks were Dover, Delaware; and Brownsville and Corpus Christi, Texas. The highest risk cities to have a natural disaster were all in California, namely: San Jose, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove. Those disasters could be earthquakes, floods, hail, hurricanes or tornados.

After suffering through a scary earthquake in 2020 and even scarier 100 mph winds on Labor Day weekend, I think Salt Lake would have been higher on the scale of natural disasters! After the windstorm, my wife and I had no power. I borrowed a generator from a friend which was stolen the same day. I found one to buy and that helped for the week we were out of electricity. I was able to loan the genny I bought after power was restored to the neighbors across the street who didn't get service for three more days. That whole experience prompted us to invest in a permanent household generator that is supplied with natural gas, but if an earthquake damages the gas line—then propane. It kicks on regularly so when needed, it's ready to go. And good old Murphy will rule: now that we have it, we won't need it!

About The Author

Babs Delay

Babs Delay

Bio:
De Lay is realtor/broker/owner of Urban Utah Homes and Estates. She is a former member of the Utah Transit Authority's Board of Trustees.

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