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Cornelius excels on new safety-related surveys


By Dave Vieser. “Life is good by the lake.” That’s a phrase often used by local homeowners and real estate agents when they proclaim the joys of living in Cornelius. Now they can add “life is safe” as well. In a pair of recent surveys, Cornelius ranked in the top 10.

A Credit Donkey survey ranked Cornelius ninth safest in the state for communities with more than 5,000 residents. The survey was based on a comparison of FBI 2014 crime data for the number of violent and property crimes and the number of robberies and burglaries reported per 1,000 residents.

“We selected the latter two crimes in particular because they tend to occur more often and would likely be of most concern to residents,” said Credit Donkey spokeswoman Rebecca Lake. Credit Donkey, a financial education website, is designed to help people make sound financial decisions.

Pinehurst was the state’s safest city; Davidson, third.

In a separate survey performed by Consumer Affairs, a consumer news and advocacy organization, Cornelius is ranked ninth in the state based on traffic fatalities. The data was compiled as part of their “Safest Drivers” survey, according to spokeswoman Kay Evans.

“As part of our data compilation, Consumer Affairs created an interactive map that breaks down vehicle fatalities per capita to find the safest cities for drivers in North Carolina and the United States. For each city we also included the percentage of vehicle related fatalities caused by driving under the influence, distracted driving, and speeding.”

Cornelius fatalities were primarily the result of DWI and speeding incidents. Cary was ranked safest; Huntersville was seventh safest. The survey was based on 2014 data, the most recent comprehensive information available on a statewide basis.