The bad news: Of the nation’s 40 largest metropolitan areas, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta ranks as only the 23rd safest (or 18th most dangerous, if you prefer that approach) according to this list on Forbes.com.
The good news, from a regional competitiveness perspective: Of these 40 metro areas, eight are in what I’d call the Southeast…and Atlanta is the safest of these eight.
Atlanta is middle-of-the-road out of the 40 areas when it comes to violent crime or workplace fatalities. (In this scale, 40 is worst and 1 is best.) Detroit’s having the most violent crime isn’t all that surprising, but Indianapolis worst for workplace fatalities? Are there any Hoosiers here who can explain that?
Our worst score comes on traffic death rates, where we’re ninth most dangerous — but, again, ahead of most of our Southeastern peers. That includes Orlando-Kissimmee (most dangerous roads out of the 40) Jacksonville (second), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (third) and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach (sixth). What’s wrong with Florida?
Our best score is on natural disasters — California and southern Florida get nailed on that one.
(H/t: The Weekly Standard’s Daily Grind)