"Living in a big metro area means a greater potential exposure to terrorism. But does that mean urbanites are more likely to live in fear of terrorist attacks? The answer to that question seems to be no."

Wall Street Journal, “Politics Counts: Terror Fears and Polls”

Despite those figures, however, city dwellers seem to feel less dread about terror threats than their suburban and rural counterparts, according to data from the Pew Research Center. Politics Counts examined two pre-Boston survey questions concerning terrorism and found that split.

In urban places, 57% agree that “occasional acts of terrorism” are the new norm, according to a 2012 Pew Research survey. In suburban places that number is 69% and in rural places it is 66%.

…When you slice the Pew numbers by age you see a sharp difference in attitudes between those 18-29 years old and everyone else.