Previous Post Next Post

Mom

Brought to you by

Top 10 Safest Cities for Kids

By sandymaple |

Boston is the safest city for kids.

Boston ranks number one in child safety.

The city in which a child grows up can have a  big impact on the rest of  his life.  From speaking with a regional accent to choosing a football team to root for, where a kid lives plays an important role.  But according to a new study commissioned by Underwriters Laboratories, where a child is raised can  also impact his chances of being involved in a serious accident.

Every year, children in the United States sustain 14 million potentially debilitating accidental injuries.  Sadly, many of these accidents could have been prevented.  And in some large cities, they are being prevented.

According to Gus Schaefer, UL’s Public Safety Officer, when it comes to keeping families safe, some cities do a better job than others.

There is a unique set of safety considerations that goes into developing safe homes, communities and environments for raising young children, and the purpose of the study was to bring awareness to the best practices in those areas.  We hope that highlighting the importance of these safety practices will help keep more families protected.

Using 25 different criteria that contribute to home, community and overall personal safety, the 50 largest U.S. cities were evaluated to determine which ones do the best job of preventing needless accidents.   The criteria included accessibility to hospitals and response time for fire and police personnel as well as regulations regarding smoking, home inspections, smoke and CO alarms, pool safety and bike helmets.  In addition, crime rates, air quality and incidence of child pedestrian accidents, injuries and drowning were taken into consideration.

And the 10 safest cities for children are:

  • Boston
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • New York
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia

Did your city make the list?  If not, don’t call the movers just yet.  Schaefer says that almost all of the cities evaluated are making great strides in protecting children through their own best practices.  And as parents, there is plenty you can do yourself.

For more information on the methodology of this study, visit the Underwriters Laboratories site.  And to learn what you can do to reduce the risk of injuries in your own home, check out Safety at Home.

Image: adjustafresh/Flickr

More from this author:

Students Pay for Tardiness

Gifted Kids Just as Likely to Fail in Life as Regular Kids

Can a Toddler Be Racist?

Get a Dog!  It’s Good For Your Kid’s Health

Ali Lohan Models Lindsay’s Skimpy Clothes

Katy Perry’s Sesame Street Appearance Banned

Would You Drug Test Your Kid?

Dads and Daughters: Should They Kiss on the Lips?

Early Puberty, Divorce and Middle Class Girls

Should Kids With Piercings Be Allowed at School?

Cinnamon Challenge: Do Not Try This at Home

Who is Harder to Raise, Girls or Boys?

Do You Know What Your Kids Are Texting?

New Booster Seat Ratings:  How Did Yours Do?

The Creepiest Ultrasound Image Ever

More on Babble

About sandymaple

sandymaple

sandymaple

« Go back to Mom

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Comments, together with personal information accompanying them, may be used on Babble.com and other Babble media platforms. Learn More.

0 thoughts on “Top 10 Safest Cities for Kids

  1. bob says:

    Not a single city in common with the ridiculous Men’s Health rankings presented here last month, presumably because UL actually factored in crime rates, among a few other things.

  2. [...] From Strollerderby. [...]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.

Previous Post Next Post