It is a common perception, maybe a misperception, that crime and poverty rates are higher in urban areas. But is this true, and if it is, why? Is it because of the increased amount of transportation, health care, and employment possibilities? Additionally, what may pass for acceptable property maintenance conditions in larger urban areas are completely unacceptable in smaller communities? Why donít cities have the funding necessary to provide the same level of service and quality of living standards as many of the smaller communities? Or do they?