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Sudbury getting safer — and fatter

Sudbury is becoming a safer place in which to live, according to the most recent Greater Sudbury Vital Signs report.
The Greater Sudbury Vital Signs report is a periodic check-up that measures the quality of life in the community, identifies trends, and promotes opportunity for action. (Supplied)

Sudbury is becoming a safer place in which to live, according to the most recent Greater Sudbury Vital Signs report.

The annual survey reports that violent crime went down four per cent between 2011 and 2012, and property thefts deceased by 8.5 per cent.

However, what’s not gone down is Sudbury's obesity rate. The number of obese Sudburians has climbed to 27.3 per cent, which is almost 10 points higher than the provincial average.

Heavy drinking and smoking rates are also well above the rest of Ontario.

The report also suggests seniors are going to make up a bigger part of Sudbury's population than ever within 25 years. Seniors will make up 44 per cent of Sudbury's population. At the same time, children will only account for 24 per cent.

"Sudbury's demographic gap is expected to be larger than the provincial average," said Carmen Simmons who runs the Sudbury Community Foundation, the organization that helped author the survey.

"We are facing a serious demographic problem all over the country — but here in Sudbury, particularly. We need to find ways to bring our young people back. I have five children and none of them live in Sudbury. So I know personally how important that is."

The Vital Signs report is produced annually by the Sudbury Community Foundation.

Read more in the report included below.

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