To my surprise, according to a list printed in Forbes Magazine, New York was dubbed the country's safest big city—it ranked eighth among all metropolitan areas.
Criteria for the rankings include: crime rates, murder rates and traffic fatalities. And factors they listed that seem to affect these numbers were: average income and unemployment rate.
Many families move to Rockland for the suburbs' slower pace and quality public schools—while still being able to expose their children to the culture in nearby Manhattan.
At what age do you think it's safe to let your kids venture into New York City alone? Do you let them ride the subway? What sites do you encourage them to explore?