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12/30/2011 06:25 pm ET

Aurora, Colorado Springs Ranked Among The United States' Safest Cities By Forbes Magazine

Aurora and Colorado Springs have recently been named two of Forbes' top 10 safest cities in America, prompting some bewildered reactions from Coloradans.

The magazine based their findings on FBI-reported violent crime rates and traffic fatality rates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Only cities with populations over 250,000 were included in the study.

Colorado Springs was ranked No. 8 in the study, despite the fact that El Paso County has the highest number of referrals of suspected child abuse in the state, and just last year had some of the fastest growing rates in child poverty.

The city of Aurora ranked No. 9 with a lower violent crime rate than Colorado Springs, but a higher car fatality rate.

Click over to Forbes Magazine to see what other cities made the list.

Flickr photos via Jeffrey Beall and jajacks62

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