The Wild West versus Gangs of New York
May 28, 2014 8:13 AM Subscribe
On a per capita basis, have urban areas always been more violent than rural areas?
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Nowadays, urban crime rates far exceed those of rural areas. (Rates commonly calculated as per 100,000 population) Has that always been the case? If not, when did it change? For example, anecdotally, I've read about the dangers of traveling the countryside in medieval England. But was London safer? Was there a time in which the safeness switched? Was the wild west safer than living in an urban area in 19th century America? Have studies looked at this? Rather than specific instances (one really safe city, an example of a lawless frontier), I'm interested in general trends.