The big city has a bad reputation. But that’s because we think of each city as “my town” whether it’s large or small. However, statistics show that overall, small cities have higher crime rates, but rural areas have the highest murder rates.
The overall crime rate in small urban areas was 43 per cent higher than in large urban areas and 58 per cent higher than in rural areas.
Rates of total violent crime, total property crime and break-ins were also highest in small urban areas.
Of the 658 homicides in Canada in 2005 with a known location, 427 were committed in large urban areas, 95 in small urban areas and 135 in rural areas.
Taking population into account, the homicide rate of 2.5 homicides per 100,000 people in rural areas was actually higher than the rate of 2.0 in large urban areas and the rate of 1.7 in small urban areas – a pattern that has held constant over the past decade.
Here is a link to a report from Statistics Canada.