To determind its rankings, Men’s Health Magazine used data of:
- accidental death rates for kids ages 5 to 14 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention);
- number of car-seat inspection locations per child (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration);
- sex offenders per capita (state and national registries);
- percentage of abused children protected from further abuse (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services);
- and the strength of child-restraint laws and bike-helmet laws (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
Bakersfield was given an F grade, ranking as one of the worst cities in accidental deaths. Only Jacksonville, New Orleans and Baltimore were the cities ranked worse.
On the flip side, San Francisco was given an A grade and ranked third as one of the overall safest cities for children.