So, this is pretty much ridiculous.
"I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town." -- Sarah Palin, 3 September 2008
Really? Living most of your life in Wasilla is a privilege? Perhaps you might want to rethink that.
2005 violent crime rates, per Uniform Crime Database (2005 is the most recent year full data is available, and is the last year Sarah Palin was the mayor of Wasilla)
Wasilla, AK - 1200
Chicago, IL - 1192
National average - 469.2
We all know Chicago is a violent place. It is, after all, the home of Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. But perhaps if Leroy were REALLY bad, he'd move to Wasilla. Here's something that should scare you.
2005 forcible rape rate
Wasilla, AK - 38.3
Chicago, IL - 33.8
National average - 31.7
Lest you think this is an outlier,
2003 (2004 the FBI did not publish rates for cities < 10,000 in population)
Wasilla, AK - 1728
Chicago, IL - 1300
National average - 475
Wasilla, AK - 93.4
Chicago, IL - 45.0
National average - 32.1
Yes, you read that right. Under Sarah Palin, the rate of rape in Wasilla was nearly 300% the national average.