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Suburbs safer than city? Think again

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Zachary and Ian Hennessee grew up in the suburbs but love the city.

"Big thing is, all your peers who are close to you live in the city, so to be stuck in the suburbs is a lonely thing," said Zac Hennessee.

The twins said they reject the widely held notion that big cities are more dangerous than the suburbs and according to a new study by a doctor at the University of Pennsylvania, they have reason to feel that way.

It found motor vehicle crashes, firearms and poisoning were the top causes of injury-related deaths in both cities and suburbs, and the chances of dying from them is significantly higher if you live in the suburbs.

For example, the study said people have a 20 percent higher chance of dying from a violent crime or accident if they live in the suburbs compared to living in the city.

"It's surprising. I mean our whole lives we have been told to watch your car watch your valuables when you are in the city, but I've had plenty of friends robbed in the city and plenty of friends robbed in the suburbs as well," Ian Hennessee said.

The study also found the risk of firearm-related death showed no difference between living in the city and suburbs, but they were significantly higher for children and people ages 45 and older in the suburbs. People ages 20 to 44 who live in the city however were much more likely to die from a firearm. Zac Hennessee said he hopes the new study will open people's minds.

"Come see what you think you'd like it better than you think," Zac Hennessee said.

Sage Myers, the lead author of a study published Tuesday in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, crunched the data from nearly 1.3 million injury-related deaths in the U.S. from 1999 to 2006.

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