"North America is the least-likely region to be involved in a terrorist attack, though this is not the general impression among many of its residents," says Steve Killelea with the Institute for Economics and Peace, which published the study using statistics and analysis from the University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism .
"The fatality rate in the U.S. is 19 times lower than Western Europe," he tells the Times. "Still, the level of terrorism elsewhere is too high. We're hoping the index can prompt a practical debate about the future of terrorism and some appropriate policy responses."
Study: U.S. at 'Low' Risk of Terror Attack - US News and World Report