We've got all sorts of Midwestern border rivalries involving sports teams, foods, amount of beer and liquor consumed per capita (Wisconsin always wins that one), and of course, which Midwestern state has the best and worst drivers.
It's pretty much a given that on nearly anyone's list of life's priorities, safety and security is right up there at the top of the list next to health. The home monitoring/home security business is booming for a reason.
When you look at headlines like "Rockford’s violent crime, shootings, assaults continue to climb," it really shouldn't come as a surprise that Rockford's position on the Illinois' Safest Cities list is pretty far down.
Looking at the results of a recently-published study on the most and least educated cities in the United States reminded me of a couple of quotes. One, from John Belushi in Animal House: "7 years of college down the drain," and the other from my dad: "Did 9 years of high school teach you nothing?"
Depending upon your outlook, that headline may anger, disappoint, and/or depress you; or you may feel like Samuel Johnson felt in April of 1775 when he said "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."