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We see the stories on the news, we hear the statistics and — whether we are aware of it or not — we all make choices to minimize our risk and protect our personal safety. Don't walk home; get a taxi. Don't leave your drink unattended at a bar. Travel in pairs. Know your workplace's harassment policies.
From violent crime to harassment to curtailed rights, women have much to consider, and not all places are created equal. We have compiled 31 different factors to consider the safest cities in the U. Below you will find ouras well as the methodology used to determine them. In our analysis of the safest cities for women, we studied not only crime statistics but also availability and access to appropriate healthcare, cancer rates, education levels, workplace policies, female representation at the mayoral level as well as in the police force, conviction rates of offenders and income levels.
A full list of the factors considered can be found below. For now, here are our top five safest cities and where they ranked in four major. It is interesting to note that all of the cities ranked in the top ten for safety have populations of less thanpeople.
Three of the top ten cities are in California, whilst three of the bottom ten cities are in Texas. The safest large city in the study was New York, coming in at 11; whilst there was no one category in which New York particularly excelled, there was also no category in which it did poorly, and its strong performance across the board secured its high place in the rankings. Next, let's look at how the cities in our study ranked in important — crime and healthcare — as well as how cities withor more residents stacked up.
Crime is the most direct factor affecting personal safety. Women constitute slightly more than half of violent crime victims but represent a minority of offenders. The U. Lonely women Fort Collins ca, we have broken down the safest and least safe cities by their ValuePenguin crime score.
This crime score was reached by analyzing crime statistics as well as conviction rates and police strength factors listed in the methodology section below.
Health and healthcare is also an important factor when considering safety. Poor access to healthcare can ificantly impact well-being and longevity, whilst environmental factors can be as ificant or even more ificant than lifestyle for some diseases. Whilst the most important indicator for an individual woman's access to healthcare may be personal wealth, the availability of healthcare to the general female population impacts the welfare of this demographic ificantly.
Below, we have broken out the safest and least safe cities by their ValuePenguin health score, arrived at by analyzing cancer rates, access to women's clinics and the female uninsured rate factors in the methodology section below. An interesting result from this analysis comes from looking at a city's overall score versus its population. The majority of the cities ranked as the safest have populations less thanIt can be deduced that larger cities are, in general, less safe. Below we have broken out the larger of the cities in the U. What factors should be considered when determining the safety of a city for women?
Good lighting of streets, a good mass transportation system, strong housing policies and a good police system sensitive to harassment of women are all important safety factors.
Adequate street lighting makes it harder for people with bad intentions to hide. A good mass transportation system enables women to travel with groups -- rather than being alone -- to and from work and other activities. Intelligent housing policies that require adequate doors, locks and windows can make it very difficult for an intruder to break into an apartment or a home. A good police system will patrol high-crime areas sufficiently and respond immediately to requests for help. A good police department will also have many women officers, who tend to be more sympathetic to and aware of safety issues for women.
Everyone deserves to feel safe, regardless of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. What are the most commonly overlooked issues that affect the safety of an area for women? Some people believe that any Lonely women Fort Collins ca who travels around at night is asking for trouble.
However, many jobs require some night hours: for example, hospital night shifts, evening classes at colleges, department stores open at night, et cetera. If we want to offer equal opportunity to women in the workforce, we need to make it safe for them to move around at night. Also, many people go out to eat, exercise, hear a speaker, attend a place of worship or see movies at night. Women may be alone or with family members, friends or coworkers.
No one deserves to be a victiim for trying to have a full life that includes night activities. How can public policy affect women's safety?
I feel strongly that all girls and women should learn self-defense in elementary schools, high schools, colleges and Lonely women Fort Collins ca. When I was attacked from behind in Chicago one night, I froze because I had never received training about how to counter an assailant. As a result, I lost my purse, suffered a blow to the head, and got pushed down hard, which permanently damaged a disk in my back. I was in pain for months due to this attack. After consulting with friends, I took a practical self-defense class deed for women.
I learned where people are most vulnerable to jabs and kicks: eyes, nose, ears, throat, fingers, knees and insteps. I also learned how to block blows aimed at me and to break away from different kinds of holds. The class members discussed verbal strategies for calming would-be robbers and attackers. We practiced our skills until we could react rapidly and effectively. This course gave me more confidence and knowledge of self-defense. How are perceptions changing regarding women's safety? I think that many people now realize that all members of our society must be able to feel safe, work in safe environments, and travel safely at any time of the day or night.
Also, the old assumption that all women have a father or brother or husband to support and protect them is crumbling. We now have more women living alone, more women choosing women partners, and more women heading single-parent families. Public policies must reflect the current reality, not a fantasy world. What are the trends in women's safety issues, and what do you think the major issues will be 10 years from now?
We now have many classes in self-defense offered in most cities. These include judo, kung fu, aikido, karate, tae kwan do, kobudo, jiu jitsu, et cetera. More and more women are learning the martial arts.
InI anticipate that most schools will offer classes in self-defense as part of the physical education curriculum. More workplaces have strong sexual harassment policies and are enforcing them. I anticipate that all workplaces will have such policies in and will fire employees who engage in inappropriate verbal, physical or psychological harassment of coworkers.
More houses of worship now have sexual harassment policies.
However, current policies focus on the conduct of church, synagogue, or mosque employees, not all congregants. I predict that inhouses of worship will insist that anyone who enters must respect all other individuals and refrain from harassment of any type. I think that those who persistently abuse women and other worshippers will be immediately expelled.
In order to determine the safest cities for women, we looked at 31 factors with data taken from 11 reputable sources. These factors were grouped into four : crime; healthcare; public policy and representation; and education and wealth.
The latter two — public policy and representation and education and wealth — were considered secondary factors rather than primary factors in affecting the safety of a city for women. Those cities with strong female-friendly workplace policies allow women to better care for themselves, their health and their safety. As second-order effects, these were given smaller weights in the final rankings than crime and healthcare. Some non-gender specific crime statistics were included in the analysis; these statistics indicate crimes that affect both men and women, but have been included both because they affect women living in the city and because women are more likely to be victimized during non-gender specific crimes, and statistics of these crimes for only female victims is unavailable.
All factors were ranked from the safest one to the least safe. Null values were set to zero.
Some factors only had state-wide data rather than city-by-city data; in these instances, we included the data for the relevant state. All data was normalized by population.Lonely women Fort Collins ca
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